I met with family, friends and colleagues of the late Boughton councillor, David Robinson, at Boughton Hall Cricket Club on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon last week to pay my respects and plant a tree in his honour.
A man of principle, David Robinson is remembered for his pleasant manner and his devotion to community issues and the environment. David twice stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Chester and I am amongst the many party members who herald his strategy as the key to our election success in May.
Amongst our group was Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston who served as Labour leader in Cheshire West when David was still alive, the current Leader of the Council, Samantha Dixon, and the new councillor for Boughton, Martyn Delaney.
Despite the adverse weather conditions, I made a short speech at the event about helping David and members of the community to plant a tree at the Neville Road play area in Boughton. David was always keen to enable people to do things for themselves. He planted a seed in his community and then let it grow, much like we did with the tree in his honour.
The tree is positioned between the canal tow path and the back of the cricket pitch. The location was chosen by David’s wife because it reflected his passions for cricket, cycling and walking.