Lasting tribute to former leader of Corby Council

The late Pat Fawcett, former leader of Corby Council
The late Pat Fawcett, former leader of Corby Council

Family and friends of the late Pat Fawcett will gather on Tuesday (February 18) to unveil a lasting tribute to the former leader of Corby Council.

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

Pat lost her battle with lung cancer on April 27, 2012, aged 68.

Her 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.”

Along the pathway the woodland has been cut back and opened up, new lighting has been put in place and a new interface 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.

Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “Everyone who knew Pat knew how passionate she was about Corby’s green spaces, so as soon as the friends group recommended naming the pathway through the woodlands after her we knew it was a fitting way to remember her involvement and support in bringing the woodland back to life.

“Pat Fawcett Way runs from 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.”

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 the summer of 2007 and so we thought it would be a real tribute to name the pathway after her.”