A MEMORIAL tree has been planted as a lasting tribute to much-loved Hartlepool businessman Gus Robinson MBE.
The sweet chestnut tree takes pride of place in Ward Jackson Park, a spot where Gus loved to walk and spend his spare time.
Gus’s son, Dan Robinson, 36, described his pride of the permanent memento recognising the impact his dad had on the town.
He said: “I speak on behalf of all of the family in saying we are extremely proud.
“It’s testament to what he did for the town and what he gave back to the people of the town.
“Dad did spend a lot of time in the park, it’s a place he loved and it’s fitting that a permanent tribute to him has now been planted there.”
Dan thanked councillor Cath Hill who spoke to Gus’s family and then took it upon herself to see the tree was planted in his memory.
Mayor Stuart Drummond gave his complete backing and Coun Hill also gave credit to Hartlepool Borough Council’s horticultural officer, Len Young, who did a lot of work behind the scenes.
Coun Hill, an independent councillor who represents the Seaton ward, said: “A memorial tree in Ward Jackson Park is something that is very rarely agreed to, but the general consensus was that Gus Robinson is a special case as far as we are concerned.
“He did an awful lot for the town and for the people of Hartlepool.
“This was the very least we could do, and I think it’s lovely for Gus’s family.
“We want them to realise just how much we recognise the outstanding work that Gus did.”
Hundreds of people paid tribute to Gus after he died on November 15, 2011, at the age of 62.
Dan took over the reins of Gus Robinson Developments after losing “the best friend he ever had” and has since continued his dad’s tireless work.
Dan added: “It’s lovely that we had the support of the councillors who recognise what dad has done for the town.
“It’s a fitting permanent tribute and I would like to thank everyone who made it possible.”