As Pontefract Civic Society turned 50 in May, we wanted to not only celebrate with our members but to give a number of new or updated things to the town and our many visitors. With that in mind, we’ve been updating our first Blue Plaque Guide, just in time for Pontefract Liquorice Festival.

Chair Paul Cartwright said, “I was fortunate to reach out on social media to a local student, Jaydn Edwards, who agreed to update the guide, and he’s since become a member of the civic society. He’s done a great job in reflecting on the original design, yet aligning it with our brand which had been created over recent years for our marketing materials by Karl Gilbert.”

Jaydn Edwards said, “I was pleased to be invited to redesign the civic society’s Blue Plaque Guide, and the end product looks great; I’m really proud of the result, which I can add to my portfolio.”

Paul went onto say, “the timely completion of the new guide meant that copies were immediately delivered to the library and museum on the day of the Liquorice Festival, as well as being on our PR stall.”

Jaydn has since been working on the next project which is leaflet telling the history of Pontefract Town Hall, which had been suggested to the civic society by Wakefield Registration & Celebratory Services, and that’s based on the interpretation board in the Town Hall foyer, which the civic society had created some years ago.

Further information on the civic society can be gained by emailing, checking our website at or by calling 01977 708658.

Chairman Paul Cartwright and volunteer Jaydn Edwards standing together, holding the new Blue Plaque Guides by the Peter and Fred Asquith plaque.

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