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Allotment memorial for hit and run cyclist Garry Hobson

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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THE former allotment plot of a cyclist killed in a hit-and-run is to be turned into a picnic area as a memorial to the keen gardener.

Garry Hobson had been cycling home from the Regatta Lane allotments last September when he was knocked from his bike by a drink-driver.

His allotment colleagues have now decided to make part of his plot into an area for members, by way of a tribute.

Brian Fice from the allotments association told the Mail: "He had a plot for about 30 years and everybody knew him.

"He would stop and have a natter with anybody and he was very well-liked.

"I've thought since it happened that we should do something for him."

The group is hoping to have the area up and running in time for an open day at the Branston site on August 24.

The event is scheduled to run from 10am until 2pm.

They are looking for local businesses or anyone else who could help to get involved by donating plants, fence panels, benches or anything else.

Anyone who can help should contact Mr Fice on 07935 274933.

Rizwan Rafaqat was jailed for almost seven years after he admitted causing death by careless driving while above the legal alcohol limit on September 2 last year.

Mr Hobson, 68, was left fatally injured after he was hit, and despite the desperate efforts of a passer-by to resuscitate him he later died in hospital.

The grandfather, who lived in Anglesey Road, had recovered from cancer just a few years before.

His family said at the time: "Garry was such a determined, hard-working and loving husband, father, brother and grandfather and he will be sadly missed by everyone."

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