The Bicentenary Celebrations of 2009 may be history, but Tom Paine is set to continue to play a part in the life of Thetford.
The Celebrations Committee has been reconstituted as the Tom Paine 200 Legacy Committee, a sub-committee of the Thetford Society with the aim of maintaining the profile of Thetford's radical thinker in the town.
Initially the committee is focused on promoting the Commemorative dvd of the Celebrations. Available from 2 New Horizons in the Market Place (01842 751975), the Ancient House Museum and online at the Box Office , the dvd has been scripted not only to celebrate 2009 but to give a clear picture of Tom Paine's life and thought and the age he lived in. As such, it has a wide potential appeal and is already proving popular in Thetford and beyond.
Other plans include the publication of a commemorative pamphlet featuring a number of the fine speeches and lectures given during the year and the creation of further public memorials of Paine around the town while, in response to a number of requests last year, Autumn 2010 will see the launch of the Common Sense Club.
The Common Sense Club will be Thetford's version of the original Headstrong Club in Lewes and will run as an annual programme of lectures exploring lively topics of current interest. Look out for further details through the summer.