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Bench unveiled in councillor's memory

PUBLISHED: 17:16 05 August 2010

FAMILY, friends and former colleagues collected to unveil a bench in memory of a "dynamo" councillor.

Raymonde Collins died aged 66 of pancreatic cancer on December 6 last year following almost 20 years working for Gravesham Borough Council as the Meopham South and Vigo representative.

On Thursday council officers, her husband of 33 years, Clive Collins, friends and close friend Bill Lambert, Mayor of Graveseham collected at Culverstone Green Recreation Ground to unveil a bench in her memory.

A flowering cherry tree will also be planted behind the bench in the autumn.

Mr Collins, 71, of Carter’s Hill Lane, Culverstone Green, said: “She was a dynamo. Anything that was going on she would be involved in it. She was part of all kinds of clubs and groups. We wanted to do the best for our community. Many people these days aren’t interested but there are still a lot of good people out there willing to give their time.”

Mrs Collins, who had six children and 12 grandchildren, was a parish councillor alongside her work for the borough council, and with her husband helped to run the village hall, organising bookings and running the bar.

Mayor Lambert met her through their work as borough councillors.

He said: “She was Mrs Culverstone really. She did an awful lot for the people up here. This area, the recreation ground, was just scrub before she worked to have it all cleared up, so it is very fitting.”

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