Derbyshire’s WWII hero has a street named in his honor

A war hero from Bakewell will be remembered because a new housing estate in Derbyshire bears his name.

Colonel Leslie Wright served his country in World War II and is famous for being the last soldier to be rescued from the beaches of Calais in 1940.

Colonel Wright Close, in the city, is made up of 30 homes built for the Platform Housing Group as part of a project that spanned nearly a decade.

The unveiling of a commemorative stone marking the opening of the site at Shutts Lane brought together dignitaries and students from Lady Manners School to tell the story of the Colonel.

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Councilor Garry Purdy, Head of Derbyshire Dales District Council, attended the opening ceremony.

He said: “This project was developed 13 years ago and from the start we recognized the urgent need for these houses.

“All partners have worked extremely hard to ensure high quality affordable housing for the local people who have a connection with Bakewell.

“The District Council conducted two housing needs surveys in Bakewell which highlighted the need for this development. We have allocated capital funding of £ 500,000 to help build these houses in the national park.

“We had never allocated £ 500,000 before for an affordable housing program and every penny came from Right To Buy’s proceeds from our old social housing stock, demonstrating how Right To Buy receipts are being used to replace lost homes in the Derbyshire Dales in the national park. “

Extensive planning ensured that the houses were built to maintain the appearance of the area, using stone from the local Dale View quarry on Stanton Moor.

The land was purchased from Lady Manners School, who used the funds to build their 3G sports field.

Elizabeth Froude, Managing Director of Platform Housing Group, said: “We are very proud to deliver this affordable housing after 10 years of hard work, especially since this is an area of ​​the country where housing prices and the accessibility are particularly volatile.

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Carol N. Valencia