A Catalogue of Dedicated Benches

Whilst wandering around Christchurch Park in Ipswich, Suffolk I noticed that around 2/3rds of the wooden benches were inscribed as a memorial to some one or an event - so I have decided to photograph and catalogue them- and perhaps find out a bit more about the people and history of Ipswich along the way!

Friday, 27 March 2015

The Tennis Courts

The first bench  coming under the tunnel towards the tennis courts  is in memory of a popular Ipswich Hairdresser Roberto Labella  who died of a heart attack aged only 39 - you can read more about him and the memorial bench here.

Just around the corner is a bench erected by the Friends of Christchurch Park in the year of the Queens Diamond Jubilee

I then came across one of the many squirrels in the park - he was quite tame and let me get very close before scampering off!

This last bench is very clear for who it is for -  Jack Chapman 1933-2012 who was chairman of the Ipswich Society from 2000-2012. There is a lovey eulogy of his life in an edition of the Ipswich Society newsletter. He was a teacher, magistrate, Fabian but not born or bred in Ipswich!

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