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Ale and hearty in Tamworth

The much-heralded Colin Grazier Ale is finally being quaffed in the Tamworth area in celebration of one of the local heroes. The speciality brew was on offer at the town’s recent beer festival and was created as part of the

War hero recognised at last

A campaign to create a memorial to one of Tamworth’s unsung heroes has spawned a series of related ventures for the town. War hero Colin Grazier died trying to retrieve Enigma codes from a German submarine during the last war

Heroes' fund closes on a high

The Colin Grazier Memorial Fund, set up by the Tamworth Herald, has been officially wound up after raising an impressive £17,700.22. The fund was set up by the Herald five years ago to provide a lasting memorial to Tamworth war

Town centre monument marks campaign success

Personal messages from Tony Blair and the Duke of York were read out during a special service on Sunday to unveil the Colin Grazier Memorial. The event went ahead in Tamworth despite atrocious weather conditions and guests included relatives of

War hero memorial gets go-ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a sculpture to be erected in Tamworth honouring war hero Colin Grazier. The move is the culmination of the Tamworth Herald’s long-running campaign to secure his place in history. The sculpture is to be

Moving tribute to a hero

A commemorative bench dedicated to Tamworth War hero Colin Grazier has been officially unveiled during a moving service at the National Arboretum, Alrewas – barely three years after he was a virtual unknown. The turnabout is down to a campaign

Home town honour for hero

War hero Colin Grazier could be celebrated with a sculpture in his home town of Tamworth. Such a move would be the culmination of the Tamworth herald’s long-running campaign to secure his place in history. Grazier was one of three

Location, location, location

A Tamworth Herald campaign to have the actions of war hero Colin Grazier commemorated has been rewarded with the promise of a “prominent and historical” position for a memorial in the town. Grazier died in the Second World War retrieving

New honour for Herald hero

A Tamworth war hero is to have a bench dedicated to his memory at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. It is the latest in a long line of tributes to Colin Grazier – a hotel, streets, a commemorative plate

Museum praises Herald's role in history

One of the world’s most famous museums has paid tribute to the Tamworth Herald for its vital role in securing recognition for three unsung British war heroes who helped shorten World War Two. The Herald has been campaigning for recognition

Memory of Tamworth war hero lives on in new hotel

A £1m hotel named after Tamworth’s greatest war hero has opened in the town following a campaign by the Herald. The Colin Grazier Hotel, in the town’s old police station, was officially launched with a champagne reception attended by leading

Drug fighting van launched at Herald offices

The official launch of a new mobile drug education centre, which will provide information to children in Staffordshire, has been held at the offices of the Tamworth Herald. The mobile Life Education Centre – the second in Staffordshire – has

War hero is remembered thanks to the Herald

A £1m hotel is to be named after Tamworth’s greatest war hero following a campaign by the Herald. The Old Police Station, one of the Tamworth’s most important buildings, is to be turned into the Colin Grazier Hotel. War hero

Herald wins tribute towar heroes

A Tamworth war hero has become part of the town’s infrastructure – barely two years after he was a virtual unknown. The turnaround has happened because of a campaign by the Tamworth Herald and its deputy editor, Phil Shanahan, chairman

'Freedom' award for Herald's campaigner

Tamworth Herald deputy editor Phil Shanahan has received the Freedom of Bletchley Park in recognition of the paper’s work to commemorate the lives of three sailors who retrieved codebooks to help break the Germans’ Enigma code in the Second World