Dedication for Banbury champion

Pocketful of Sunshine is dedicated to the late Brian Little
Pocketful of Sunshine is dedicated to the late Brian Little

A plaque honouring the late Banbury historian and Banbury Guardian contributor, Brian Little, was unveiled yesterday in Church Lane.

The Pocketful of Sunshine installation created by the Banbury Business Improvement District (BID) was officially dedicated to the late author during a 30 minute ceremony attended by Brian's wife, Margaret and close friends.

Caroline Winn and Margaret Little

Caroline Winn and Margaret Little

The dedication is fitting as throughout the years Brian's features in the Banbury Guardian certainly brought readers a little bit of happiness.

Sam Barnes, from Books and Ink, said: "Brian was a friend of the bookshop from when we first opened 14 years ago; he always had a smile, whatever the weather, whatever sort of a day he was having, Brian was always cheerful.

"The most gentle gentleman and an encyclopaedia of knowledge about Banbury. He would often pop in to tell me about something new he had discovered about Banbury's history and we would chat about our findings in books, or I would research materials which would help with the projects and articles he was working on.

She added: "I miss Brian's cheerful visits very much and it's lovely to see this has been dedicated to his memory."

The memorial plaque

The memorial plaque

Known to many as Mr Banbury, Brian passed away at the end of March this year aged 82.