ANDOVER town centre is likely to be the home to the memorial to Reg Presley after members of the town council’s policy committee backed the idea of a plaque.

They have instructed the town clerk, Wendy Coulter, to contact Reg’s family for permission and also seek potential sites for the plaque.

The favoured site is next door to the Advertiser’s old home in the High Street – The Troggs used to rehearse there.

Other venues considered included the house in Belle Vue Road where Reg was born, his old school where Winton Chase is now, and alongside the poetry trail where the lines of Love is All Around can be found engraved on a tablet.

Councillors preferred the High Street option, however.

It is likely to be a metal plaque and could cost around £400.

Town council chairman David Drew said: “I think it is something that we should do for someone known as ‘Mr Andover’.”

Councillors were open-minded about the format of the proposed plaque – perhaps something along the lines of an English Heritage style plaque or one they would commission themselves.

Councillor Phil North said: “I would prefer it to be in the High Street and think it should be something relatively big as we want people to be able to see it.

“We also need something that is metal so it will last.”

There are no plans to erect a statue.