Somerset

Campaign for Sir Arthur C Clarke memorial in Minehead

Sir Arthur C Clarke
Image caption Sir Arthur was born in Minehead and co-wrote the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey

A teenager has begun a campaign for a memorial to be built in honour of the Somerset-born science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke.

Sir Arthur co-wrote the screenplay 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was born in Minehead on 16 December 1917 and died in Sri Lanka in 2008.

John Knight, 16, said: "We're intending to get a nine-foot high black granite monolith."

He said he wanted the monolith placed in Blenheim Gardens in the town.

West Somerset Council said if John can prove there is public interest, his idea can be explored further.

The teenager is a fan of science fiction, having collected most of Sir Arthur's works.

'Influential person'

He learned about the writer's links to Minehead from his father, after being shown a blue plaque at the house where Sir Arthur lived.

This has inspired the teenager to do more to honour Sir Arthur's achievements.

"We're also going to have 12 granite rocks also placed around the garden as a sort of trail which feature 12 themes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

"I feel that a small blue plaque on his house seems quite small for someone who has been knighted, who's had loads and loads of awards.

"Minehead should really celebrate this man who was such an influential person."

West Somerset Council is hoping to revamp Blenheim Gardens in the future with Heritage Lottery funding.

A public consultation is being held over what can be done to the gardens.

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