A piece of history is being returned to the people of Maldon.

The silver cradle, which marks the mayorship of Alderman Edward Fitch more than 100 years ago, in 1888, is due to be donated to the Maldon District Museum in a ceremony next month.

Presented to his grandson, Derek Maldon Fitch, in recent years, it is now being returned to go on display to the public at the museum in Promenade Park.

Museum Association chairman Paddy Lacey said he was delighted with the gift.

"It is a fantastic addition to the museum and a unique part of Maldon's history," he said.

It will be available to view at publicised times throughout this year and on more permanent display in the Victorian room of the museum in 2002, he added.

The former mayor also opened Promenade Park in 1895 and a picture of the ceremony will be donated alongside the cradle.

Mr Fitch said he was pleased to give something back to the town and hoped it would commemorate the life of his grandfather.

"As his grandson it is nice to hear and see that he is so well remembered."

(Right) From the cradle - Derek Fitch and Maldon Museum chairman Paddy lacey with the silver cradle

(Left) Derek's grandfather and grandmother with Derek's father, as a baby, in the cradle

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