Permanent tribute plea for councillor

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FRIENDS of a popular Blackpool councillor who died last month are hoping to secure a permanent memorial to her.

Members of Ibbison Court Community Centre want to rename their local children’s play area in honour of Coun Doreen Holt who campaigned for the facility.

Blackpool South election count-Blackpool Sports Centre. Doreen Holt.

Blackpool South election count-Blackpool Sports Centre. Doreen Holt.

An area of wasteland in Bethesda Square, off Central Drive, was transformed into a £40,000 play area for youngsters which opened in 2009.

Now members of the community are appealing for residents to support their calls for the playground to be renamed the Bethesda Doreen Holt Play Area.

Brenda Giles, secretary of the Ibbison Court Community Centre, said; “Coun Holt worked tirelessly, even through all her troubles to get that play area for the children. She will be so sadly missed.

“It is at the end of the street where she lived. A couple of children had been knocked down playing there, so she wanted something there where they could play safely.

“What we really need is the support of the community, so that we can go to the council and show them that this is what local people want. It would be nice, her family would be able to see it.”

Julie Moore, of the Bethesda Square Residents Association, backed the calls.

She said: “I can’t think of a better way to remember Doreen than to rename the play area after her and I think a lot of the neighbours around here would support it.

“They all know Doreen was the main person in getting the park agreed to and she said it made her very happy when she went past and saw the children playing there.”

Coun Holt, who was 72, died on January 15 in Blackpool Victoria Hospital after losing her battle with cancer.

She was first elected to the council in 1983 representing the old Foxhall ward for the Conservatives.

Later she stood unsuccessfully as an independent candidate before switching to the Liberal Democrats and representing Bloomfield from 2000 until 2003, and from 2007 until her death.

She was a huge supporter of Ibbison Court where she ran weekly bingo sessions.

To support the campaign, write to Brenda at 80, Ibbison Court, Blackpool, FY1 4AT.