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York Rotary donates a Centenary Bench

Updated: Jan 26

Sheila reports...

At last I am delighted to tell you that the long awaited bench is now on the Knavesmire. It’s position is on the Sustrans cycle track route 65 (which was part of the trackbed of the old East Coast Railway) part of which ran from the back of the Knavesmire stands toward Selby and is part of the TransPennine Trail.

The original bench was given to the City by TransPennine and was made out of railway sleepers in a very unusual design, but sadly fell into decline….and then along came Rotary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well actually, it was Marlise Heaton and myself whilst out for a short walk and breath of fresh air, and looking for a place to sit during a Covid lockdown, who spotted the state of the Transpennine bench and contacted the City Council to say how dangerous it was – followed swiftly by its removal. The "original" bench in a sorry state

The chosen spot for Our Bench is a delightful and peaceful place and has a vantage view of the Knavesmire itself. The inscription on the plaque is as follows:-

“Donated to the People of York by York Rotary in Celebration of their Centenary year in 2021”

The bench itself has been kindly funded by an anonymous Rotary donor.

Marlise was invited to a Bench Ceremony on Sunday 23rd January where she duly cut the yellow ribbon and read a ditty she had penned

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