Council workers pay tribute to colleague

Tree being planted by Ann Franks overlooking Pannett Park in memory of Pete Franks, present were: Ann Franks his widow, Julie Jury and Linda Franks his daughters, Joseph Franks - Blake, his grandson, staff from SBC and members of Whitby in Bloom''w111113b   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Tree being planted by Ann Franks overlooking Pannett Park in memory of Pete Franks, present were: Ann Franks his widow, Julie Jury and Linda Franks his daughters, Joseph Franks - Blake, his grandson, staff from SBC and members of Whitby in Bloom''w111113b Picture: Ceri Oakes
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TWO memorials have been unveiled in tribute to a council worker who lost his battle with a brain tumour almost a year ago.

Peter Franks worked for Scarborough Parks and Countryside services, for over 30 years, and played a huge part in horticultural projects in and around Whitby such as the redevelopment of Pannett Park, the establishment of Whitby in Bloom and the designing of Four Lane Ends roundabout.

Plaque being installed at Four Lane Ends roundabout in memory of Pete Franks, present were: Ann Franks his widow, Julie Jury and Linda Franks his daughters, Joseph Franks - Blake, his grandson, staff from SBC and members of Whitby in Bloom''w111113a    Picture: Ceri Oakes

Plaque being installed at Four Lane Ends roundabout in memory of Pete Franks, present were: Ann Franks his widow, Julie Jury and Linda Franks his daughters, Joseph Franks - Blake, his grandson, staff from SBC and members of Whitby in Bloom''w111113a Picture: Ceri Oakes

His workmates wanted to do something as a memorial for him and out of their own pockets paid for a plaque to be placed on the roundabout and for a tree to be planted in the park.

His wife Ann did the honours of unveiling the tributes at ceremonies earlier this month, accompanied by daughters Julie and Linda and grandson Jospeh, which were followed by afternoon tea at the home of Susan Davies, chair of Whitby In Bloom.

She said: “His job was to support all the bloom groups across the borough, in doing that he designed Four Lane Ends roundabout and what a good job he made of it too.

“His colleagues, who I describe as the lads, decided they wanted to do something in Peter’s memoery and they would pay for it. All the lads from SBC turned out and formed a circle around Four Lane Ends.

“He played a very active part with Whitby In Bloom and was always available to give us advice and guidance about what we were doing. He was absolutely indespensible in the early days.”

Mrs Franks, who lives in Scarborough added: “Before he died he had been off for 18 months. For them to have remembered and done that for him - it is really something.

“He had helped so many of them in a private way. They had gone to him with their problems but he never came home and said what had happened at work.

“He was very well thought of, all the men were saying to me you don’t know what he has done for us.

“He was such a nice person and was looking forward to retirement when this happened. We had a lovely day, we didn’t think it would be anything like that - Susan had put on a lovely spread for us.”