Rose tribute to former Sunderland councillor Margaret Beck who died after contracting coronavirus

Beautiful roses will be planted in memory of former Sunderland councillor Margaret Beck who tragically died after contracting coronavirus.

By Sophie Brownson
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 7:00 am

Friends of Fulwell Charity officially named the roses after the former councillor, who died aged 70 at Sunderland Royal Hospital in March after contracting coronavirus.

The rose tribute will be planted in the new garden at Fulwell Community Library, which is run by Margaret’s husband, Richard Beck.

They will form part of the new garden around the perimeter of the library, with a slate sculpture and commemorative benches to follow.

Friends of Fulwell founder Peter Curtis, and trustee Adrienne Dickson, with Margaret Beck's husband Richard Beck who runs the community library in Fulwell.

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Friends of Fulwell Charity decided to create the garden tribute as a way of thanking Margaret for the many community projects and businesses she supported in Fulwell over the years.

Charity founder Peter Curtis and trustee Adrienne Dickson surprised Richard Beck when they presented him with the roses, the first of the charity’s remembrance tributes.

A charity spokeswoman said: “Former councillor Margaret was instrumental in delivering many community projects in the Fulwell area and the roses will become a centrepiece of the new gardens on the library grounds which Richard has planned to improve.”

The rose tribute will join a slate sculpture and commemorative benches at Fulwell Community Library as the community looks to thank the late Coun Beck for the many community projects and businesses she supported in Fulwell over the years.

Margaret Beck served Sunderland’s Fulwell ward between 2015 and 2019, when she retired from her work.

The councillor was well-known and respected by Northumbira Police and officers from the force’s Neighbourhood Policing Team also paid tribute to Margaret when they visited the street of her family home on Thursday, April 2, to hold an applause in her honour.

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Friends of Fulwell founder Peter Curtis, and trustee Adrienne Dickson presented the roses in tribute to Margaret Beck to her husband Richard Beck who runs the community library in Fulwell.

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