A special ceremony has taken place at Trent Bridge to celebrate the work of a Nottinghamshire unsung hero who revolutionised road surfaces by inventing Tarmac in the early 20th century.

Innovative Edgar Hooley, a Nottinghamshire County Council surveyor, pioneered the use of asphalt with a patented mixture to transform Radcliffe Road in West Bridgford into the world’s first Tarmac road in 1902.

Now Hooley’s work and achievements have been recognised with the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque on the Radcliffe Road stand at our world-famous cricket ground.

“It feels somewhat appropriate that we’re able to commemorate a discovery that really did change the world at our historic home,” said Michael Temple, Commercial Director.

“We’re dedicated to providing the best possible experience for today’s visitors, so it’s great to think that, over 100 years ago, Edgar Hooley would have smoothed the way to and from Trent Bridge.”

Councillor Ben Bradley MP, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Nottinghamshire has a rich industrial heritage and a worldwide reputation for its innovation.

"The story of Edgar Hooley is a fascinating one and is yet another example which highlights why we are rightly proud of the contribution Nottinghamshire and our pioneering inventors have made over the years to help change the world.”