27 March 2012

Housman remembered at High Street gathering

DOZENS gathered in High Street around a statue of Bromsgrove’s most famous son, 153 years after his birth in the town.

AE Housman, one of England’s best loved poets, died in 1936, aged 77, after spending much of his life with his family in Perry Hall.

Among those who joined the celebrations on Monday, (March 26), around his commemorative statue were members of the town’s Housman Society, councilors, and guest for the day the Dean of Worcester Cathedral the Very Reverend Peter Atkinson.

After society chairman Jim Page had given a short address he handed over to the dean, who gave a short readings of Housman’s poetry.

During his talk Mr Atkinson joked that he wondered what Housman, an atheist, would have thought about being given the tribute by the dean all these years later.

The guests then moved on to Housman Hall, formerly Perry Hall in Kidderminster Road, for a buffet lunch.

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser