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U.K. budget squeezes salutes to famous

Aug. 5, 2012 at 12:45 PM

LONDON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Recognition plaques won't come so easily for famous Britons due to budget cuts, the English Heritage organization said.

English Heritage, which oversees the popular Blue Plaques program that affixes signs to the former homes of current and historical celebrities, says it will have to cut back on the number of signs it will be putting up in the future.

"It is a matter of great regret that English Heritage no longer has the resources to pursue all of the suggestions that had previously been shortlisted by the Blue Plaques panel," a spokesman for the organization said.

The Daily Telegraph said the roster of major and minor celebrities who won't make the cut this year include Monty Python member Graham Chapman, Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Sir Barnes Wallace, who invented a specialized bomb used to attack dams during World War II.

The newspaper said the cutback has raised the ire of some critics who say EH sacrificed the deserved recognition of historically important people while still funding salary increases for senior executives.

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