Villagers unveil a new bench and tree in memory of two dear friends

A memorial bench is unveiled in Barrowby.
A memorial bench is unveiled in Barrowby.

A MEMORIAL bench and tree were unveiled in Barrowby on Saturday, in memory of two villagers who died from cancer.

They were officially unveiled before a crowd of villagers, some of whom have joined to form a fund-raising group to support Cancer Research UK.

The group formed following the deaths of Craig Davenport and Neil Dawson, members of the village’s sporting community.

Sarah Harper is a member of the fund-raising group. She said: “We had a very emotional presentation of the bench and tree on Saturday to the families in remembrance of the two men that inspired us as a group to form, as well as the cricket and football clubs of Barrowby.

“John Young from the football club gave an emotional speech about the two men and thanked the fund-raising group for the hard work so far, for the money we have raised and for the purchasing of the bench in remembrance of two such special men.”

The fund-raising group will continue in its efforts with a Jubilee fun day on Sunday, June 3. There will be a variety of stalls, refreshments, a junior football tournament, raffle and tombola.

Youngsters are invited to dress in costume and take part in a Prince and Princess of Barrowby competition.

Sarah said: “Things are very much underway for a fantastic day but we still have room for stallholders for what is promising to be a great day.”

To enquire about a stall, donate to the raffle or tombola, or to enter a team into the junior football competition, call Sarah on 07985 294414.

The cricket memorial is Craig Davenport and his plaque is looking over the cricket pitch and the other is Neil Dawson and his plaque is looking out over the football pitches.