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Paws for thought on new bespoke benches

Bedlingtonshire Development Trust representitives with both town and county councillors and Bedlington Forum by the new seat they have installed on the path towards Gallagher Park. It was officially opened by Craig Richardson and Izzy who won Best of Breed at Crufts 2014. GM035129

Bedlingtonshire Development Trust representitives with both town and county councillors and Bedlington Forum by the new seat they have installed on the path towards Gallagher Park. It was officially opened by Craig Richardson and Izzy who won Best of Breed at Crufts 2014. GM035129

A bespoke bench which celebrates the county’s most iconic dog has been unveiled in a public park.

The seat in the shape of a famous Bedlington Terrier was designed by the Bedlingtonshire Development Trust with funding from the Federation of Northumberland Development Trusts.

And last week it was unveiled in the town’s Gallagher Park.

The bench is one of a number which will be installed in parks throughout Bedlington, allowing dog owners and park goers alike to ‘paws’ for a rest on their walks around the community’s parks.

Special guest and Crufts ‘Best of Breed’ 2014 champion Izzi the Bedlington Terrier, and her owner Craig Richardson, who is chairman of the National Bedlington Terrier Club, were on hand to help unveil the new bench.

Northumberland County Councilor Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture said: “Bedlington has some terrific community parks and these new benches celebrate the Bedlington Terrier and look great.

“Terrier owners should come along and photograph themselves and their terriers with the bench.”

Malcolm Robinson, from the Bedlingtonshire Development Trust, said: “We would like to ask any Bedlington Terrier owners if they might like to ‘sponsor’ one of these seats.

“The idea is to have the owner’s name and that of their dog etched onto a metal plaque which will be attached to each end of these seats.”

For more information on sposoring a bench, email bdt@bedlington.co.uk

 

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