Tributes paid to councillor as bowling pavilion reopens

A bowling green pavilion has been re-opened in memory of the councillor who led the fundraising drive for its refurbishment.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 10:31 am
Updated Friday, 26th July 2019, 10:41 pm
Peter Armstrong, Michael Lloyd, Ian Hutchinson and Mary Pidcock at the opening ceremony.

Councillors, special guests and residents came together for the opening of the refubished bowling pavilion in Astley Park, Seaton Delaval, as part of the village’s Party in the Park celebrations.

The late Coun Bernard Pidcock MBE had spearheaded the fundraising activities of the Astley Park Community Partnership, who manage the building on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

His wife Mary cut the ribbon to open the building, telling attendees how proud Bernard would have been to finally see the original pavilion being used again.

Coun Ian Hutchinson, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, paid tribute to the hard work and determination of Coun Pidcock.

The refurbishing works cost in the region of £80,000 with Coun Pidcock contributing around £30,000 from his own County Council Member’s Small Schemes Fund. Other funders included Seaton Valley Council, Banks North East, Awards for All, The Rothley Trust, and the County Council’s Parks Improvement Programme.

Michael Lloyd, chair of the Astley Park Community Partnership, said he was delighted the bowling pavilion had been brought back into use.

Peter Armstrong, president of the Astley Park Bowling Club, thanked all of the funders for their kind donations.

He closed the ceremony by praising the late Coun Pidcock for his drive and enthusiasm during a three year fund raising campaign.