HAYFIELD’S most famous son Arthur Lowe was honoured this week as a blue plaque in memory of the popular actor was unveiled at his childhood home.
Best known for his role as Captain Mainwaring in the hit TV show Dad’s Army, Arthur Lowe was born on Kinder Road in Hayfield in September 1915.
As well as playing his iconic role in Dad’s Army, Arthur was also one of the early cast members of Coronation Street, in which he appeared as lay preacher and draper Leonard Swindley from 1960 to 1965.
Now his link to the village has now been permanently recognised after a county council blue plaque was unveiled in his honour on Tuesday by council leader Cllr Andrew Lewer, and actor Ian Lavender, best known for his role as Private Pike in Dad’s Army.
Bill Pertwee, who also starred in Dad’s Army as Warden Hodges, was unable to be at the ceremony, but sent a note which said: “A plaque to Arthur is greatly deserved.
“I had the pleasure of visiting him many times here in Hayfield. Sadly I’m not able to be with you today but my thoughts are with you all.”
The house, where the plaque is located, has been occupied by Margaret Platt and her husband Ian for 28 years.
“It is absolutely fantastic for the village and has been a long time coming,” she said.
David Gatehouse, stepson of Arthur Lowe, travelled from Oxford with his wife Sylvia to be at the ceremony.
He said: “I just wish mother was still alive and could have been here.
“It is most impressive particularly because it was nominated by local people.”
The plaque for Arthur had been suggested by Hayfield Civic Trust as part of the county council’s first round of Blue Plaque awards, to celebrate the important people and places of Derbyshire.