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Plaque marks grave of Daniel Lambert in Stamford

Stamford dignitaries and volunteers at the unveiling of a Daniel Lambert memorial plaque in St Martin's Cemetery. Photo: MSMP220814-001am EMN-140822-144449001

Stamford dignitaries and volunteers at the unveiling of a Daniel Lambert memorial plaque in St Martin's Cemetery. Photo: MSMP220814-001am EMN-140822-144449001

A new tourist plaque marks the spot where one of Stamford’s biggest and most famous visitors was finally laid to rest.

The metal sign was unveiled beside Daniel Lambert’s grave in the old St Martin’s Churchyard on Friday last week.

The plaque describes the life of the heaviest man in England, who died on June 21, 1809 while at the races in Stamford.

It features and illustration of Daniel himself and a QR code, which tourists can scan with their mobile phones. The code links directly to the Stamford Heritage Project website.

Mayor of Stamford Clem Walden gave a short history of Daniel Lambert before unveiling the plaque on Friday. He said: “He was a character that was greatly loved by all who knew him and it gives me extreme pleasure to unveil this plaque.”

Also present and dressed as the man himself was president of the Daniel Lambert Dining Club Paul Lambert. The club is made up of business people from around Stamford and has raised about £45,000 for charity in it’s 30-year existence.

“We were very happy to contribute to the plaque. We thought it was a great idea,” he said.

Town and district councillor Harrish Bisnauthsing paid tribute to the volunteers who maintain the cemetery, and helped research and design the plaque.

He also thanked the trustees of the Harry Skells Trust, who covered the £700 cost of the sign.

 

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