Woodland tribute to former Corby Council leader

Mayor Judy Caine, Cllr Jean Addison, two of Pat's sons Jason and Mark Fawcett and Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazelwood chairman Rick Allison
Mayor Judy Caine, Cllr Jean Addison, two of Pat's sons Jason and Mark Fawcett and Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazelwood chairman Rick Allison

Family and friends of the late Pat Fawcett gathered this week to unveil a lasting tribute to the woman who worked tirelessly for the town’s residents.

The new path from the town’s swimming pool to the boating lake has been named Pat Fawcett Way in recognition of her work, support and passion for Corby’s woodland and regeneration.

Pat, who lost her battle with lung cancer on April 27, 2012, aged 68, was the former leader of Corby Council.

At the unveiling ceremony on Tuesday, Pat’s son Jason said: “I remember when anyone challenged why Corby should have an international size pool, she would always say why shouldn’t it, Corby shouldn’t settle for less.

“So it seems fitting that the pathway runs from the regenerated town centre where she spent a lot of her time, to the boating lake where my mum used to take my kids to play and often meet people in the cafe for a tea and a chat.

“Once she was less mobile I think this was one of the things she missed most – meeting people, although she still somehow managed to get about with the help of a lot of people, especially at the council offices.

“Anyone who knew my mum would recognise her love for the green spaces, the peace and tranquillity of the countryside which is accessible to all.”

Pat’s son Nick, who also attended the ceremony, said: “My mum would have been very pleased with this tribute.”

Along the pathway the woodland has been cut back and opened up, new lighting has been put in place and a new area has been created including an arch from wood reclaimed from the pool build, a wave effect fence, a wood carving and drainage.

The idea to have a tribute to Pat was put forward by the Friends of Thoroughsale and Hazelwood group which has spent years helping Corby Council transform the woodland into a safer and welcoming environment.

Rick Allanson, chairman of the Friends of Throughsale and Hazelwood, said: “Pat was very supportive of the woodlands, especially Thoroughsale and Hazelwood.

“She was instrumental in helping with the formation of the friends group in 2007 and so we thoughtit would be a real tribute to name the pathway after her.”

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Pat Fawcett Way runs from the Corby East Midlands International Pool to the boating lake, it merges regeneration with Corby’s green roots and this is something that Pat found important and was very proud of.

“I can’t think of a better place for Pat’s legacy to remain.’