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Greek poets return to Louth for plaque unveiling

Pictured is David Robinson, Sue Locking (deputy mayor), Victoria Solomonidis, Mayor of Louth Coun Andrew Leonard, Leffios Zafiriou and the Rev Brown.

Pictured is David Robinson, Sue Locking (deputy mayor), Victoria Solomonidis, Mayor of Louth Coun Andrew Leonard, Leffios Zafiriou and the Rev Brown.

A famous but forgotten Ludensian was celebrated on Saturday, June 21.

The Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture UK celebrated Greek National poet, Andreas Kalvos (1792-1869).

After a life full of adventures, Andreas chose to spend the last years of his life in Louth, assisting his wife Charlotte with the running of a school for young ladies at High Holme.

A plaque in his memory was also officially unveiled during the day and is now housed in Louth Museum.

Both Andreas and Charlotte were buried in the graveyard of St Margaret’s Church in Keddington. But in 1960 their remains were exhumed from the Church and repatriated to Kalvos’ native Zante, where they were laid to rest.

The history of Andreas Kalvos still has loose ends and to date no-one has found a photograph of him and the museum is yet to discover why he came to Louth.

If you have any information on Andreas that could help move his history forward, please contact Louth Museum volunteer Dianna Broadmeadow on 01507 354288.

The plaque was unveiled by Dr Victoria Solomonidis, representing the cultural Comsella Greek Embassy also representing Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

 

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