LERWICK Community Council has shown its support for plans for a bench to be installed in the town in memory of a Shetland man who died in an accident in Italy last year.
Local parkour group Northern Focus is keen to replace an old wooden bench at Heddle’s Park with a new one in honour of Ray Connor, who was involved with the organisation.
Twenty three year old Ray, from the south mainland, passed away following an accident in Imperia in August.
He was in the Italian city while he worked on the yacht Hampshire 2, which is owned by billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Northern Focus Parkour has written to Shetland Islands Council and Lerwick Community Council about its wish to install the bench in an area of town which is popular with parkour enthusiasts.
Parkour involves travelling along a route, attempting to navigate obstacles in the most efficient way possible, using only your body.
Northern Focus Parkour’s Brendan Anderson wrote: “We feel this would be a fitting tribute for friends and family of Ray to come and remember him for what he loved to do.
“We called the area ‘Mushy Park’ due to the unique mushroom shaped concrete structures and is one of our groups favourite spots for training and sharing memories together.
“Ray was a very well liked and respected individual in Shetland who helped the group coach around Shetland and even in Orkney at Kirkwall Grammar School with hundreds of students being taught by him.”
He added that “Northern Focus Parkour will supply the bench in its entirety as we have the funds available to use”.
Anderson said the existing benches at Heddle’s Park, which is near Mounthooly Place, have been in “serious disrepair for many years”.
The letter was noted at a meeting of Lerwick Community Council on Monday, with no objections raised.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 440 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News