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Pub’s style attracts heritage nomination
Article date: 25 Apr 2013

The Silk Kite, in Tamworth, is one of several buildings in the Staffordshire town to be nominated for a blue plaque.

A heritage scheme to honour Tamworth’s most treasured historical sites has been overwhelmed with suggestions, including the great Art Deco building which houses the Wetherspoon pub.

Tamworth Heritage Trust (THT) is hoping to adopt a blue plaque scheme for its key buildings and is looking to award three plaques initially, before starting a heritage trail of significant buildings.

Richard Kingstone, THT chairman, told the Tamworth Herald newspaper: “We knew Tamworth was jam-packed with history and heritage, but didn’t appreciate just how much. The knowledge and love which have been shown by people for our fine town is truly inspiring.”

The TADESCO (Tamworth and District Electricity Supply Company) building was built in 1936, in the Art Deco style, originally as showrooms for electrical products and was used until the end of the 1990s, before becoming vacant.

In 2003, the building became a Chicago Rock Café, before opening in September 2009 as The Silk Kite.

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