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Lasting tribute to well-loved Lache residents

7 September 2018
The residents' families sitting on the bench.

A new memorial bench paying tribute to two well-loved and much-missed residents has been installed in Lache.

Jane Beach and Paul ‘Gadge’ Kerley were both well known in the local community for their tireless work supporting young people.

The bench was officially unveiled in Sycamore Field on 28 August, with more than 100 people gathering to pay their respects. It was funded through a collection organised by local resident Craig Reid and a donation from Sanctuary Housing, while Cheshire West and Chester Council carried out the installation work.

Mr Kerley was actively involved with many generations of young people through his work at Lache Adventure Playground and more recently running confidence-building circus skills courses.

Mrs Beach dedicated over 17 years to running Lache Balmoral Dance Troupe, offering local people of all ages the chance to keep fit and active and take part in regional competitions.

Mrs Beach’s daughter, Jenny, cut a ribbon to officially open the memorial bench while Mr Kerley’s partner, Debi Whittaker, addressed the gathered crowd, thanking them for their support.

Mr Reid, who also organised the unveiling ceremony, said: “Jane and Gadge were pillars of our local community and touched the lives of so many people.

“It seemed fitting to have a lasting tribute to them here in Lache and I’m very grateful to everyone who donated to the cause and attended to show their support.”

Michele Payne, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “Gadge and Jane did so much to benefit Lache and its residents and we were keen to show our support for this lovely tribute.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, cabinet member for communities and wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, commented: “Communities thrive and are built on the back of people who are prepared to take on responsibilities and run community activities.

“Jane and Gadge are shining examples of how to play a full role in your local community. The memorial bench is a fitting tribute to them and the council is delighted to help honour their memory.”


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