A special place to remember walker

Memorial bench for Christopher Connell
Memorial bench for Christopher Connell

A memorial bench has been unveiled in memory of a Halifax man who died in a walking accident.

Christopher Connell died in 2013 after falling in woods near Legburthwaite, Cumbria, but a new memorial bench means his memory will live on.

It sits in Shibden Park and was made possible by donations from Halifax Sainsbury’s staff and customers, Calderdale Healthcare Social Club and his many friends from walking groups and beyond.

Mr Connell was head chef at the former Royal Halifax Infirmary and after retiring he went to work at Sainsbury’s in Halifax.

Mike Barnes, 78, of Boothtown, co-ordinated the efforts to purchase the memorial.

He said: “Chris was a a very friendly, helpful person, a good family person and was very well thought of.

“He died in a tragic accident and this bench is a way to keep his memory alive and it is a celebration of his life.

“At the unveiling, I asked everyone who was there to touch the bench and make their mark.”

Mr Connell’s wife Jackie, 65, who lives at Northowram, Halifax, said: “I just think it’s a nice thought and that so many people thought a lot about my husband.”

Mrs Connell added that the bench would give everyone a place to remember Christopher by.