Plaque for popular children’s author

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A PORTSMOUTH author is set to be remembered with a plaque in the city.

Percy F Westerman, who wrote 174 children’s adventure books and numerous short stories for magazines including Boy’s Own Paper and The Scout, lived at 55 Campbell Road, Southsea, between 1880 and 1900.

Now, a blue plaque will be unveiled at his former home in the city.

Local Westerman specialist Nigel Gossop, has been raising the profile of the author by giving talks and lectures and organising an annual Westerman Seminar at Portsmouth Grammar School.

Nigel said: ‘I have wanted to get a blue plaque for the house where Percy grew up and began his writing career, contributing articles to magazines on cycling and sailing, two things he was passionate about.

‘The plaque has been funded through a single donation from a former Southsea resident.’

The ceremony will be on Friday, February 22, at 2pm on the 34th anniversary of Percy’s death.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, will invite Portsmouth-born children’s author Michelle Magorian, who wrote the popular children’s book, Goodnight Mister Tom, to unveil the plaque.