A NEW Sir Richard Hotham is needed to inspire Bognor Regis for the future, those marking his foundation of the town were told.
Some 40 people gathered at Sir Richard’s grave on Saturday for the annual ceremony to lay floral tributes to mark the start of his work to create a new seaside resort.
That was on January 18, 1787. The work of the businessman and MP still resound today as the debate rages about Bognor’s future.
Town mayor Paul Wells said: “It would be interesting today to hear the views of Sir Richard about the regeneration plans and what his thoughts are about how we take things forward.
“Sir Richard’s legacy still exists and we have still got some wonderful buildings he produced for us in the 1700s.
“We should be grateful to him. Hopefully, the town is seen as a seaside resort rather than a town by the sea.”
For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer out tomorrow (Thursday, January 23).