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Paine celebrations grant backed

PUBLISHED: 15:14 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 07 July 2010

A £10,000 grant to help fund celebrations of the life of Thomas Paine on the 200th anniversary of his death has been agreed by council bosses.

The cash will help boost Thetford Society's plans for a Thomas Paine festival planned for next year.

A £10,000 grant to help fund celebrations of the life of Thomas Paine on the 200th anniversary of his death has been agreed by council bosses.

The cash will help boost Thetford Society's plans for a Thomas Paine festival planned for next year.

It would see a series of events between May and October 2009 including a re-enactment weekend and heritage festival, schools programme, heritage tours, lecture programme and community play.

Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, was born and schooled in Thetford. He went on to be a writer, revolutionary, radical, inventor and intellectual, and having migrated to the American colonies was involved in the American Revolution and was later an influence on the French Revolution.

Thetford Society has already got grants of £50,000 from the Heritage lottery Fund, £14,000 from Thetford Town Council, £14,140 from other sources.

Breckland's cabinet meeting agreed the grant yesterday. It will still have to be rubber stamped by the full council.

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