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Sundial unveiled at Whitby park
Whitby’s Pannett Park is stepping out of the shade –
and in good time too.
The latest part of the park’s refurbishment
has seen a new working sundial unveiled in Museum Terrace. It has
been created by renowned blacksmith James Godbold, who has a
successful business in Egton.
His motto is: “If you can draw it, we can
The replacement sundial adds a new
dimension to the park, which will play a big role in determining
how successful Whitby is in the annual Britain in Bloom
Whitby is representing the coastal category
and members of the Whitby In Bloom group are already working hard
to ensure the town stands a good chance of achieving success.
Cllr Joe Plant, chairman of the Friends of
Pannett Park group, said: “The Friends were instrumental in
choosing the design of the sundial and we are all thrilled at the
finished result. It’s a striking piece of sculpture that really
complements the park.
“I’m sure Robert Elliott Pannett, who
founded the park after buying the Chubb Hill Estate and giving it
to the people of Whitby, would be extremely proud of the efforts
that have gone into the refurbishment so far.
“I hope the Britain in Bloom judges will be
as equally impressed when they come to assess the merits of
Scarborough Borough Council’s Whitby Area
Parks Officer Chris Roe added: “This once again shows what can be
achieved when the borough council, Whitby Town Council and the
Friends of Pannett Park all pull together for the good of the
“The park is a jewel in Whitby’s crown and,
along with members of the In Bloom group and other volunteers, we
all are working extremely hard to ensure it continues to
A partnership consisting of the Friends of
Pannett Park, Whitby Town Council and Scarborough Borough Council
were awarded £1.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big
Lottery Parks for People Programme in December 2008 for the
refurbishment of Pannett Park.
John Hellens Ltd was subsequently appointed
as main construction contractor and a £300,000 children’s’ play
area was opened in August 2009. Other work undertaken in the
park includes restoration of the Lily Pond, construction of a
Commemorative Garden and South Seas Garden, and work outside the
Museum and Pannett Art Gallery.
A new community garden has also been
opened, which will allow groups to tend to their own small plot of
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage
for present and future generations to take part in, learn from, and
enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology,
natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every
part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 28,800
projects, allocating more than £4.3billion across the UK.