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Plaque unveiled for Kathy Smith, one of Harlow’s unsung heroes

Communities / Thu 20th Mar 2014 at 04:36pm

A PLAQUE dedicated to the memory of a local community champion and former Harlow Council employee was unveiled last week.

Kathy Smith, who died in November 2008 at the age of 71, was a secretary for the Council at Mead Park Depot. She was also an active campaigner for creating facilities for Harlow’s young people.

Attending the plaque unveiling at the Potter Street playground and splash park along with Kathy’s family were the Chair of Harlow Council Councillor Linda Pailing, the Leader of Harlow Council Councillor Mark Wilkinson, Ward Councillor Maggie Hulcoop and members of the Potter Street Residents’ Association.

Kathy’s son, Gary Smith, said: “On behalf of Kathy’s family I would like to thank Harlow Council for the beautiful plaque that was unveiled at the recent renaming ceremony, Kathy would have been very proud to have been honoured in such an appropriate manner. Kathy supported the Potter Street local community and strove for facilities for the youth to have somewhere to meet and play and the Potter Street Splash Park was one of those areas where Kathy had wished for the local youth to be able to enjoy.”

plaqueCouncillor Mark Wilkinson, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “Kathy worked tirelessly for the local community and is sorely missed. Kathy did so much for children and young people in the area so it is fitting that the playground and splash park area are now dedicated in Kathy’s name. The playground and splash park are the first stage in Potter Street’s renewal so in future will become the symbol of the regeneration of Potter Street.”

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