Lasting tribute to veterans stalwart

A bower of trees is to be planted at the Fylde Memorial Arboretum as a tribute to Jim Houldsworth (below), who died on March 3.

A bower of trees is to be planted at the Fylde Memorial Arboretum as a tribute to Jim Houldsworth (below), who died on March 3.

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A LASTING tribute will be created in memory of a veterans campaigner “who was loved by many throughout the community”.

The Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee will install an archway of trees in the Fylde Memorial Arboretum in Bispham in memory of former councillor Jim Houldsworth.

Jim Houldsworth

Jim Houldsworth

The bower of Rowen trees and a plaque paying tribute to Major Houldsworth – who served in the Territorial Army and was the driving force behind Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week – will be unveiled at the community woodland on Moor Park Avenue on Friday, June 29.

Don Aiken, vice-president of the Fylde Ex-Service Liaison Committee, said: “Jim was loved throughout the ex-service community, his death is a great loss to everyone.

“This will be a lasting tribute which I’m sure many people will want to visit.”

The 70-year-old grandfather was a Marton councillor up until his death on March 3, when he lost his battle with lung disease.

The bower, which will stand 15 metres wide by nine metres deep, will feature a bench inside where people can pay their respects.

Julian Mineur, project manager for Supporting Our Brave, on Bank Hey Street, who helps to organise an annual service at the arboretum during Armed Forces Week, said: “The event has been going for three years and it just gets bigger and bigger every year.

“This year the new part of the arboretum will be dedicated to Jim. The archway of trees will be named the Jim Houldsworth Bower during our service as part of Armed Forces Week.

“It will be in memory of the work he has done and so everyone for generations to come will recognise his work for the Armed Forces past, present and future.”