Special memorial to Corby Council’s former leader

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Pat Fawcett, Corby Council's former leader, plant an oak tree in her memory. Pictured, from left, are her son Nick, brother-in-law Stuart Waller, sister Maureen and son Jason

Family, friends and colleagues of the late Pat Fawcett, Corby Council's former leader, plant an oak tree in her memory. Pictured, from left, are her son Nick, brother-in-law Stuart Waller, sister Maureen and son Jason

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A special tribute has been paid to Corby Council’s former Leader, the late Pat Fawcett, with the planting of a memorial tree.

Pat’s family, friends and colleagues gathered at West Glebe Park, in the town, on Tuesday (December 4) for the tree-planting ceremony.

The oak tree, which was donated by Corby town centre owners Helical Bar, has been planted in recognition of Pat’s love and passion for Corby’s green spaces.

Pat, who died earlier this year after a brave battle with cancer, had been a Corby Councillor for more than 12 years.

She became leader of the council in January 2005 and led the borough through some of its most challenging and exciting times, spearheading its huge regeneration programme.

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Pat was Corby through and through and so it seems truly fitting to have something with its roots firmly in Corby’s ground as a way to remember her.

“She was very proud of Corby’s regeneration but also of how green the borough remains, so I’m sure she would appreciate this tribute.

“Pat’s hard work as a councillor can be seen throughout Corby and, as a councillor, colleague and friend she really does remain close to our heart.”