Friends urge town leaders to 'give Laurie the tribute he deserves'

Friends urge town leaders to 'give Laurie the tribute he deserves'

Friends urge town leaders to 'give Laurie the tribute he deserves'

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FRIENDS of a Knutsford campaigner who died three years ago this week have called on the powers that be in the town to commemorate his legacy with an official tribute.

Laurie Burton, who was the chairman of Knutsford Town Plan and chair of the Tatton Labour Party, died on March 22, 2011 at the age of 80, while a passenger in a car near Cottons Hotel on Manchester Road.

He was well known in Knutsford for passionately fighting for the rights of the town's elderly and disabled and had led a campaign in 2007 to save the now closed Bexton Court when it was first hit with closure.

But his friends have urged the town’s hierarchy to come up with a suitable – and permanent – tribute to the adopted Knutsfordian.

In 2011 it was mooted that the Manchester Road roundabout could be named after him but this was knocked back after town councillors believed it would be ‘too expensive’ to go through the process.

Mabel Taylor, one of Laurie’s many friends, told the Guardian that Laurie was dedicated to the town and as such should be commemorated accordingly.

“Later this month his friends will join together to remember Laurie Burton who died three years ago,” she said.

“Laurie was a man who worked hard for Knutsford, for his guiding hand launched the Knutsford Town Plan and he also fought tirelessly to protect health and social services for Knutsford.

“Yet despite Laurie’s dedication to the town and the three years which have passed since he died there has been no official tribute or commemoration dedicated to him.

“Possibly someone can explain why the people of Knutsford have not been more appreciative of Laurie`s efforts on their behalf?”

For two years friends of Laurie raised funds to purchase a headstone for his grave at the town’s Tabley Hill cemetery. It was unveiled in the summer of 2013.

Do you think Laurie deserves a permanent memorial in Knutsford? Leave a comment below or email the newsdesk at yourview@guardiangrp.co.uk

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4:00pm Mon 24 Mar 14

PetersRock says...

Laurie Burton worked hard to upgrade town facilities and to keep the health and social care services within Knutsford for the people of the Knutsford area. Though ill, he was tireless in attending meetings and speaking out for the public good. Yet all the mooted recognition by Knutsford Town Council seems to have dissipated.

Out of sight - out of mind? How disgraceful.

Since Laurie died, the 'Laurie Burton Roundabout', which might have been the ideal place for commemoration of a man around whom much local life revolved, has been planted season after season - even with a stag which turned into a doe - when a simple renaming, in recognition of Laurie's good work would have been the ideal solution.

We have listened at Knutsford Town Council Meetings, to councillors who stated that they were 'considering' that one of the many rotten benches around town might be mended and given a plaque. How thoughtful! However, even that denigratory thought has come to nothing.

Is that because Laurie spoke his mind?

I can say that Laurie Burton certainly did not work for his own good.. as so many do.. but for the good of those who live in and around his adopted town of Knutsford. As an Australian, he had no need to fight a rearguard action against the removal of our local services, which Knutsfordians seem so disinclined to fight for.

Remember Laurie, who fought your corner. Remember him when you realise that your local services, which you would not defend, have been in abeyance for years. Don't moan about that loss.

If you don't defend what it yours, you lose it. Laurie was even working for your benefit on the day he died. Those who do defend other people's rights, deserve recognition for their work, even after death.

Where is it?

Charlotte Peters Rock
Laurie Burton worked hard to upgrade town facilities and to keep the health and social care services within Knutsford for the people of the Knutsford area. Though ill, he was tireless in attending meetings and speaking out for the public good. Yet all the mooted recognition by Knutsford Town Council seems to have dissipated. Out of sight - out of mind? How disgraceful. Since Laurie died, the 'Laurie Burton Roundabout', which might have been the ideal place for commemoration of a man around whom much local life revolved, has been planted season after season - even with a stag which turned into a doe - when a simple renaming, in recognition of Laurie's good work would have been the ideal solution. We have listened at Knutsford Town Council Meetings, to councillors who stated that they were 'considering' that one of the many rotten benches around town might be mended and given a plaque. How thoughtful! However, even that denigratory thought has come to nothing. Is that because Laurie spoke his mind? I can say that Laurie Burton certainly did not work for his own good.. as so many do.. but for the good of those who live in and around his adopted town of Knutsford. As an Australian, he had no need to fight a rearguard action against the removal of our local services, which Knutsfordians seem so disinclined to fight for. Remember Laurie, who fought your corner. Remember him when you realise that your local services, which you would not defend, have been in abeyance for years. Don't moan about that loss. If you don't defend what it yours, you lose it. Laurie was even working for your benefit on the day he died. Those who do defend other people's rights, deserve recognition for their work, even after death. Where is it? Charlotte Peters Rock PetersRock
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