Sunderland park improvements mark special dates in history

Sulptures made from trees and commisioned by the Thornholme Residents Association have been officially unveiled in Burn Park. Pictured, from left, are Sunderland mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse, artist David Turnpenny, Kevin Whiting from Kingston Construcion LTD, who installed the sculptures,   Residents Association chairman Paul Baker (CORR, note says Barker but he's Baker) and artis Frederick Dove.
Sulptures made from trees and commisioned by the Thornholme Residents Association have been officially unveiled in Burn Park. Pictured, from left, are Sunderland mayor Councillor Stuart Porthouse, artist David Turnpenny, Kevin Whiting from Kingston Construcion LTD, who installed the sculptures, Residents Association chairman Paul Baker (CORR, note says Barker but he's Baker) and artis Frederick Dove.
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RESIDENTS gathered this week as a project to create a “lasting legacy” in a Sunderland park was completed.

Work was carried out in Burn Park after members of Thornholme Residents’ Association decided to mark the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubliee of 2012, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014, with tree planting and special accompanying sculptures made from railway sleepers.

Two trees – one oak and the other silver birch – were bought through the Millfield Ward Community First initiative.

The Oak Jubilee sculpture has a polished plaque which recognises the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth, with the design incorporating a rose and an eyehole to resemble a vortex, while the Silver Birch D-Day sculpture has an eye hole based on a poppy design.

Residents worked in the park to clear litter, sweep paths and plant bulbs, while councillors and local authority workers also contributed to the efforts to make it a three-way partnership.

One pair of sleepers are located adjacent to the main path, while a second pair are set on the other side of the burn itself, just offset against the position of the trees.

Each of the sculptures has an eye hole to line it up with its tree.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, visited the site to view what has been described as a “lasting legacy”.

Paul Baker, chairman of Thornholme Residents’ Association, said: “I am delighted to have been involved with this project since its inception.

“Many local residents have committed themselves to many hours of work in the park.

“The residents’ association would like to think it has left a lasting legacy to be enjoyed by all the users of Burn Park.”