22 January 2018

Not everyone can have a statue in the town square, but there’s a surprising amount of creative ways you can put someone’s name to a public place.

##1. All the fun
A bright carousel

Dingles Heritage Fairground Centre in Devon is one of the UK’s most colourful indoor attractions and offers the opportunity
for people to memorialise a loved one’s name on a brick in its Walk of Fame.

Prices start at £50.

##2. Take a pew – with a view

A memorial bench by a hedge

Memorial benches are a popular tribute in a favourite public place. Most councils provide details about how you can apply to dedicate a memorial bench for someone in the local area, while many national parks, botanic gardens and outdoor attractions also have schemes.

Costs can range from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds, depending on the location.

##3. Best seat in the house

An empty theatre with red plush seats
Dedicating a theatre seat doesn’t include free tickets to shows, but is a lovely way to remember someone who lived for the arts.

The Theatre Royal Norwich is among venues to have a seat-naming scheme, which includes a memorial plaque.

##4. Besides the sea
Southwold Pier

If they did like to be beside the seaside, Suffolk’s Southwold Pier could be the place for their memorial to be.

With prices beginning at £195 for a spot on the attraction’s North side, your loved one’s name can be inscribed on a plaque and affixed to the pier railings overlooking the sea.

##5. The beautiful game
A football and goal

Walls of fame and seat-sponsorship opportunities come up every so often at major football arenas, while smaller clubs like Maidenhead United also give the chance for fans to become part of their home ground’s fabric, with a commemorative plaque to mark the spot.

##6. Reach for the stars
Edinburgh City Observatory

Naming a star after a loved one is a fun gift, but, sadly, the organisation that officially names stars and planets – The International Astronomical Union – doesn’t have a star adoption scheme.

But an ongoing scheme to restore Edinburgh’s observatory may be a way memorialise a star-gazer. Starting at £25, you can donate in memory to cover the cost of a single brick, while if you have £50,000 in loose change it could cover the cost of restoring the observatory’s famous domed roof.

##7. For book lovers
An antique book

A donation in a book-lover’s name can help preserve historic literature.

Devon’s Exeter Library’s adopt-a-book scheme, for instance, has titles on its shelves awaiting sponsors including an early edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and, for beer-lovers, a book from the 1790s charting the science of brewing.

##8. Pointing the way
A Lake District fingerpost

The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the world to walk and there are opportunities to memorialise a rambler, in the famous National Park.

You can can keep people headed in the right direction with a fingerpost dedicated in someone’s name, from £250, or dedicate a stile, gate, or even a bridge in a Lake District beauty spot.

##9. A walk in the woods
A family on a walk

The Woodland Trust looks after 50 woodlands around the UK, where you can sponsor a tree for someone from £15, or even dedicate an entire wood.

You can locate a woodland near you and dedicate a tree, via the conservation charity’s In Memory sponsorship scheme.

##10. Blue plaque

A blue plaque for Ian Fleming

The national blue plaque scheme marks buildings that have an association with famous people.This is James Bond author Ian Fleming’s blue plaque in London's Belgravia.

If the special person in your life was not quite famous enough to feature in the official scheme, there are plenty of blue plaque-inspired memorial plaques available online which you can personalise any way you like.

Perfect for home, garden or maybe even behind the bar at their local.