Freddie’s Bench

For many decades the spot in the Park near the Kelcliffe Lane Gate, that looks towards the summer setting sun has been a popular place for peace and contemplation. It is an historic ‘memory’ spot known by some older residents as ‘Old Man’s Corner’ where there was a bench in a strange triangular stone walled enclosure – now gone. Back in 2012 we replaced the previous Parkinson bench with a new wooden one, but sadly this irreparably collapsed early in 2020 just before the first Lockdown.

The bench has been sorely missed, so we are more than delighted to announce that a new bench has now been installed with the help of Ben and Lucyanne Harris. The bench is dedicated to their young son Freddie who was one of twins born in December 2013, but who returned to the angels a few days later. Freddie’s sister is now a lively 7 year old enjoying the sledging in the Park.

Ben and Lucyanne told us – “For some time we’ve been looking for somewhere special for us and our family to remember Freddie, so when there was an opportunity to do that with a bench in the park we use so much, it felt like the perfect thing to do. We’re so pleased that we’ve got such a lovely spot to think about Freddie and that other people can have a sit down on his bench and enjoy the beautiful view. “

The bench is a favourite for many people, increasingly so with the Park being more frequently used for recreation and mindfulness in these difficult times. We’d like to thank Ben and Lucyanne for their kind donation which was supported by a contribution from Localgiving’s Coronavirus Community Support Grant; funded by the Government to help people impacted by Covid-19.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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