Tribute to fallen

PARK LIFE: Graeme Measor with his two daughters Sophie, left, and Grace at a previous event in Seaton Park
PARK LIFE: Graeme Measor with his two daughters Sophie, left, and Grace at a previous event in Seaton Park

PARK volunteers hope to gain a new focal point this year to commemorate the start of the First World War.

The Friends of Seaton Park are in the process of applying to lottery bosses for funding for the project.

The voluntary group, which is made up of residents, councillors and voluntary sector workers, hope to create a lasting memorial in the park as the nation remembers the start of the First World War.

Graeme Measor, friends group secretary, said: “Our latest project is to do something in the park to commemorate 100 years since the end of First World War.

“We are in the process of applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for some money to create a wrought iron structure at one of the park entrances to commemorate this.

“It is hoped that subject to planning and getting things moving that we could have this completed and hold a celebration event on August Bank Holiday Monday.”

The friends group continues to organise hands-on events with local groups, such as cubs, artists and visitors, as part of its ongoing efforts to make the park more vibrant.

But the group also has ambitious plans for the amenity it is working towards in the background.

A masterplan includes plans for a new multi-use park pavilion which would replace the outdated 1960s bowls pavilion and house the bowls club, football changing facilities, cafe and public toilets.

Other features of the plan include a fitness trail, space for a mini skatepark and crazy golf, a canopy-covered outdoor area for fitness classes and performing arts.

Other improvements include better footpaths, planting and a space for outdoor events.

The ambitious redevelopment aims to complement proposed improvements to Seaton seafront.

The friends group is currently researching possible funding sources for the plans and is looking for new members.

For more details visit the Friends of Seaton Park Facebook page.