Bluebird to fly again - blue plaques and land speed records
Having set a host of land and water speed records between them, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell's former Kingston home has been celebrated with an English Heritage blue plaque.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2011
Having set a host of land and water speed records between them, Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell’s former Kingston home has been celebrated with an English Heritage blue plaque.
Now the site of Canbury School, the plaque was unveiled by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm and nephew of Donald, at the end of November.
“I am immensely proud that their achievements have been recognised by English Heritage with this blue plaque,” says Don. “They were both very brave men, leading by example and pushing boundaries both personally and for Britain, while showcasing British technology at its best.
“This plaque will help to keep their name and achievement in the public eye for future generations.”
Sir Malcolm Campbell first broke the land speed record at Pendine Sands, and the Weybridge-based Don hopes to follow in his footsteps again in March, having announced an attempt to break his own UK electric car land speed record there.
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While connections to various addresses in and around London exist, the only house where both Malcolm and Donald could be commemorated together is Canbury, on Kingston Hill.