Plaque tribute to dedicated volunteers Terry and Rose

Margaret Redshaw, Rose Simpson's daughter, and Terry Clark's grandson, Alan Clark
Margaret Redshaw, Rose Simpson's daughter, and Terry Clark's grandson, Alan Clark

A PLAQUE has been put up in memory of two dedicated volunteers who played a huge part in helping to launch a popular centre and residents’ association.

Terry Clark and Rose Simpson were both involved in the fundraising and campaigning behind the launch of the Belle Vue Community Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool.

Rose Simpson

Rose Simpson

The pair dedicated their time and efforts for more than 25 years but both passed away in the last year.

Rose, a mum of four died in December last year, aged 81, while dad-of-two Terry, who was known locally as ‘Bull’ lost his life in July this year, shortly before his 72nd birthday.

The two are sorely missed by colleagues and friends at the Belle Vue Residents’ Association and at the centre – and staff say their fantastic efforts will never be forgotten.

As a token of appreciation, a plaque of dedication has now been put up at the centre.

Terry Clark

Terry Clark

Rose’s daughter, Margaret Redshaw, was at the unveiling ceremony, as was Terry’s grandson, Alan Clark.

Bob Farrow, 70, who is treasurer of the association and chairman of the centre, said Rose and Terry were two of his most respected and well-loved colleagues.

Bob, a dad of two, who lives in Hartlepool’s Studley Road with wife, Roni, 69, a retired carer, said: “It’s nice to have this plaque put up in recognition of the fantastic work of Rose and Bull.

“Right from the very start they gave 110 per cent in helping with the launch of the centre.”

Terry was born and spent all of his life in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool while Rose moved to the town in the 1950s with her late husband, Les.

“They were both extremely popular,” added Bob.

“Everyone knew the two of them and everyone knew just how much they cared for the area and for the centre.

“Bull was the heart and soul of not only the centre, but the whole of the Belle Vue community and Rose was always there for anyone who needed help.”