There was a very special occasion in Hotham Park this morning when Bognor Regis Mayor, Councillor Phil Woodall unveiled the Bognor Regis parkrun Celebration Bench. The Mayor was ably assisted by Ben Bowers (Co-founder) and myself.
The bench celebrates the positive impact that our parkrun has had on many of our lives. The bench also celebrates the lives of some of our regular parkrunners who have sadly died. I'm sure that many of you will remember John Blakeley, Laura Bagnall and Peter Chittenden, their names have been recorded on the bench as a lovely reminder of friends we have lost.
It would have been wonderful to announce the unveiling in time to invite you all to come along, maybe before parkrun on a Saturday morning, but sadly that is not possible at the moment. Nevertheless it was fantastic to see some familiar faces in the park this morning. Let's all hope it won't be too long before we can all gather again.
Next time you are in the park perhaps you can take a few minutes to sit on the bench and take a while to remember some of the great times we have had, and good friends we have made through parkrun.
I particularly want to thank Ray Blackwell and Sylvia Endacott for their hard work in arranging for the installation of the bench. I know they have both dedicated a lot of time and effort to making it happen.
Take care all, hope to see you soon.