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19th May 2010 JOIN IN THE JOHN KYRLE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
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After the success of the revival of the Ross Pancake Races earlier this year, The Association of Ross Traders (A.R.T.) are planning another 'special day' for the residents of Ross-on-Wye, which will take place this coming Saturday, 22nd May. The event is to celebrate the birthday of 'The Man of Ross' John Kyrle.

John Kyrle is well known as an important early benefactor to Ross-on-Wye and his legacy of generosity is still in evident in the town today. He donated public land and planted trees and handed bread out to the poorest in the community amongst many other acts of kindness to the people of Ross. It is rare for a town to celebrate the legacy of one man who led by his own example of caring for the community so many years ago but this is what makes Ross-on-Wye a special place to live. Join in the fun and bring the children and help them discover the past in a living way.

The fun begins at 9am when children will have the opportunity to take part in a John Kyrle Treasure Hunt. Entry forms will be available from Ross Heritage Centre.

At 10am, 'The Spirit of Ross' mosaic will be unveiled at Ross Library, followed by certificate presentations to the designers who are from eighteen schools and other local organizations. Afterwards there will be a piped procession up to Ross Market House.

'John Kyrle' will be giving out bread at the Market House at 12 Noon and he and his housekeeper will present an award and charity donation from the Ross Gazette.

At 1pm, Mary Sinclair-Powell will be giving a guided history walk around the town which will include a visit to John Kyrle house, His Summer House and one of the great man's gifts to Ross-on-Wye, the Prospect Gardens. A second walk which will go along the 3 mile John Kyrle trail will be lead by the 'Walkers are Welcome' group at 2pm.

Whilst enjoying the festivities, why not take a look at the John Kyrle exhibition which is currently running at Ross Heritage Centre. This excellent exhibition was put together by Mary Sinclair-Powell and local historian, Heather Hurley and can be visited up until 29th May.


The mosaic to be unveiled on Saturday.
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