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Remembering a community hero

Release Date: 24-Mar-2010
KNH staff have come up with a lasting tribute to a community hero.
Graham Kaye, Mick Ellis & Roy Thorne with the bench they built in memory of Colin Burrows

Graham Kaye, Mick Ellis & Roy Thorne with the bench they built in memory of Colin Burrows

Colin Burrows, who died last year, was passionate about his estate and community. He was secretary of the Batley Carr & Purlwell Tenants and Residents Association, as well as an active member of his local area forum and the Batley and Spen Tenant and Resident Committee.

One of his most recent achievements was the regeneration of ‘Canary Island', a forgotten piece of land on the Batley Carr Estate, which, with the help of Amada Arts, he helped bring back into community use.

To commemorate Colin’s life and work in the area, KNH caretakers Graham Kaye, Mick Ellis, Roy Thorne (pictured) have built a bench at the entrance of Canary Island, with materials supplied by the council’s Parks and Open Spaces service. The bench is all hand-made and hand-finished and sits on paving slabs that have been recycled from the Fieldhead estate.

The current secretary of the Batley Carr TRA, Jack Gannon, said: “the bench is a wonderful idea. The caretakers have done a lovely job and it’s a fitting tribute to a man who made such a difference to our community.

“I hope everyone who sits on the bench takes a minute to remember Colin and feels inspired to get involved in their community by what they see at Canary Island – that would be the best tribute of all.”

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