Friends come to­gether for Yvonne trib­ute

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy 01733 588713

A pho­to­graphic com­pe­ti­tion at Cen­tral Park is to be held in mem­ory of for­mer Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Yvonne Lown­des.

The com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing run by the Friends of Cen­tral Park, the or­gan­i­sa­tion which Yvonne her­self founded.

The for­mer Con­ser­va­tive city coun­cil­lor passed away in June aged 79.

Her son Chris said: “We’re very grate­ful to Friends of The Park for choos­ing to hon­our mum and the work she did in this way.

“The park and pho­tog­ra­phy both played a big part in mum’s life, so what bet­ter way than to have the com­pe­ti­tion ded­i­cated to her mem­ory.

“She’d be so proud, and she’d love to think that oth­ers were get­ting out there and en­joy­ing the park in the way she did.”

A pho­to­graphic ex­hi­bi­tion will go on dis­play at the But­ter­cross café at the park, while a com­pe­ti­tion will be held for photos on as­pects on the park.

Well known lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Porsz will be judg­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, with the fi­nal re­sult an­nounced at the café on Satur­day, Novem­ber 18.

Lo­cal his­to­rian Stephen Perry will also be launch­ing his lat­est book­let en­ti­tled ‘Park Road and the Park’.

Jill Walker of Friends of Cen­tral Park said: “Yvonne was deeply com­mit­ted to Cen­tral Park and was the founder of the Friends of the Park years ago.

“Even when she was ill she al­ways wanted to hear what was go­ing on and had ideas of what the Friends could do.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion/com­pe­ti­tion was one of her ideas about a year ago, and to name it af­ter her seemed the right thing to do.

“We were de­lighted when her fam­ily gave us per­mis­sion to use her name.

“The park was orig­i­nally de­signed for the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough to en­joy, es­pe­cially those who do not have gar­dens or green space of their own.

“One of the things we would like to en­cour­age is a sense of own­er­ship.

“We also hope young peo­ple may see it through new eyes and re­alise what a won­der­ful space it is.”

For com­pe­ti­tion de­tails visit www.cen­tral­parkpeter­bor­ough.com or pick up an en­try form from the But­ter­cross.

Yvonne Lown­des

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