Red birch trees planted in memory of council leader

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The former leader of Hastings Borough Council, Jeremy Birch, has been remembered with a tree planting event in Hastings’ Alexandra Park.

The event was attended by Jeremy’s family and friends, the mayor Cllr Judy Rogers, the current leader of the council, Cllr Peter Chowney, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex Michael Foster DL.

Cllr Chowney said: “We wanted to remember Jeremy in a tangible way, and what could be more appropriate than planting red birches in our park.

“It was great that so many of Jeremy’s family and friends could be here for the event too, including Louise, his partner, their children Peter and Kate, and two of their grandchildren Kaya and Sami.

“We all miss Jeremy a great deal, and there are numerous legacies to his memory around Hastings. The town’s physical and cultural regeneration, the Jerwood Gallery, the pier, and so on. And I still use what I call the ‘Jeremy Test’ when faced with a difficult decision - I think what would Jeremy have done?

“We want to continue his legacy, but also wanted to mark Jeremy in a personal way, which is why I am so delighted that we now have these red birches in our park. Jeremy’s memory literally lives on here.”

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