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Allotment memorial unveiled for Garry Hobson

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Joanna Craig

  • Members of Regatta Lane Allotment Association are creating a memorial picnic area for Garry Hobson, who died in a hit and run last year. Molly Hobson with famiy members Adrian,Julie,Ethan,Evan Hobson and Kate and David Holloway

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A MEMORIAL to a former allotment keeper was unveiled yesterday in an open day at his much-loved plot.

The Regatta Lane Allotment Association has now opened Garry Hobson's old plot as a picnic area for members of the club.

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

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

Mr Hobson tended three plots at Regatta Lane for more than 30 years and was a well-liked and familiar face at the allotments.

Garry's widow, Molly Hobson, attended the memorial event along with grandchildren Ethan, six, and Evan, three, and son and daughter-in-law Adrian and Julie Hobson.

Molly Hobson, said: "He would have been as pleased as punch with what they have done for him.

"He grew no end of stuff here. He loved it. You name it, he grew it. He practically lived here. It's lovely what they have done for him, I'm very pleased with it.

"It's wicked how he was taken away from us. It should have been a life sentence.

"I still can't believe what has happened and it's been nearly 12 months.

"They've told me I can scatter his ashes here too which is what he would have wanted."

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."

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