Trib­ute to Franca’s work as she pre­pares to leave

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Friends and mem­bers of Gatehouse Fes­ti­val Group have said a fond farewell to Franca Bruno who is mov­ing to Italy.

They pre­sented her with a last­ing re­minder of Gatehouse, an oil paint­ing of the town’s High Street by lo­cal artist Richard Brin­ley, dur­ing Thurs­day’s mu­sic ses­sion at the Ma­sonic Arms.

Mak­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, Roger Hamp­shire, hon­orary pres­i­dent and founder of the orig­i­nal fes­ti­val group, de­scribed Franca’s im­mi­nent de­par­ture as the end of an era.

He re­called her work for the fes­ti­val group since 1993 and later as a com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor and provost. Roger said: “You have done a great deal to bring ben­e­fits and fun to our town.”

Fes­ti­val chair­man Michelle Mc­Clure also thanked Franca and said she would be much missed by all her friends and the com­mu­nity as a whole.

Franca said she would trea­sure the paint­ing as a re­minder of her happy time in Gatehouse.

She thanked Roger and Lyn Hamp­shire for let­ting her run her shop at the Ruther­ford Hall since 2005 and gave spe­cial thanks to her friends and col­leagues, Liz Mo­drate and Nancy Thomp­son, say­ing she could not have man­aged the busi­ness with­out them.

Gift Franca, right, with Michelle Mc­Clure and Roger Hamp­shire

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