Tree planted in the park in memory of local couple
After advertising our community tree planting day on Sunday 11th December, we were contacted by Mrs Lindy Stephenson who asked if it would be possible for her and her sisters to come and help plant a tree and dedicate it to their parents, Dorothy and Douglas Burnell who lived on Arnold Avenue and loved to walk their dogs on the park.
Lindy and her sisters, Diane Hill and PaulineTaylor, attended the ceremony, and had their photos taken beside the tree after which they said the following:-
“Mum and dad, Dorothy and Douglas Burnell, moved to Gleadless in 1966 on leaving their farm at Eckington.
Dad took a milk-round and delivered milk in the area for almost 20 years until his retirement in 1985.
Every day Dad would take their dog (first Scott, then Bob, Chan and in the last few years, Meg) for a walk in the playing field and down the lane towards Robin's Brook.
He loved a gossip and would stop and chat to anyone and everyone, arriving home with stories of the comings and goings of the Charnock residents!
Dad couldn't bear to be indoors and even in bad weather would be out in the field. He would have been absolutely delighted to see the changes made to create Charnock Park.
Dad passed away in April 2009, aged 88, and mum in October this year, aged 90.
The whole family (3 daughters,7grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren) are so very grateful to have been allowed to have the tree dedicated to their memory in a spot so dear to them both, and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute. “
Dorothy and Douglas Burnell
Lindy and her sisters, Diane Hill and PaulineTaylor