BLUE PLAQUE UNVEILING FOR CECILE NOBREGA
International Educator, Playwright, Composer and Renowned Poet
The 10-foot bronze statue of a woman holding a child was unveiled in 2008 as part of the 60th anniversary commemorating the arrival of the Empire Windrush. The sculpture, a physical representation of the Bronze Woman poem, was created to symbolise the strength and resilience of women as mothers, their essence as nurturers, and future aspirations for their families and themselves. The statue proudly stands in a Lambeth Park known as Stockwell Memorial Gardens, a stone’s throw away from where Cecile lived.
As well as an accomplished poet, Cécile Nobrega was also an Educator, Poet, Playwright, and Classical Composer. She was born Cecile Burgan in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1919. Her parents were William Granville Burgan and Imelda Burgan. The former was the Canon of several Anglican churches in East Demerara where Cecile spent her formative years, before eventually travelling and working a number of different countries around the world.
She eventually came to Britain in 1968, and settled in Lambeth, where in 2004 at the tender age of 84 she passed away.