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Press Release - 16 April 2007

14-year saga of stone lectern ends at University campus

The 14-year saga of where to put a stone lectern donated to the city by a former Mayor of Bath officially comes to an end on Tuesday (April 17).

Eric Snook donated the lectern to the city at the end of his term as mayor in 1993, and wanted it to be the centre of a ‘speakers’ corner’ where open debates could take place.

Despite the efforts of Bath & North East Somerset Council, no suitable site was found in the city.

But on Tuesday the four-foot high lectern and a speakers’ corner area will be officially opened on the University of Bath’s Claverton Down campus.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, and Mr Snook will give speeches and then four students from the Bath University Debating Society will hold a debate on the theme of “This house believes fortune favours the brave.”

All staff and students of the University are welcome to attend the ceremony, at 11-45am by the lake.

The lectern is made from Bath stone and is in the style of a Roman pillar, carved by students from Bath Technical College.

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