Sculpture unveiled in memory of Friend of Sheffield park

David Blunkett MP at the unveiling of the new sculpture in Concord Park. Picture: Chris Etchells.
David Blunkett MP at the unveiling of the new sculpture in Concord Park. Picture: Chris Etchells.
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A sculpture of a wolf has been unveiled in the playground of a Sheffield park in memory of a community stalwart.

Dedicated fundraiser Kath Page worked tirelessly for better facilities at Concord Park, in Shiregreen, up until her death in 2012, aged 83.

The Shiregreen resident was a founding member of the Friends of Concord Park and Woolley Wood and helped secure funding to transform derelict tennis courts in the park into a new games area.

Group members commissioned artist Jason Thompson to create the wooden memorial to Kath, after securing £3,000 of funding.

A spokesman for the group said: “Kath loved Concord Park and often spoke of being brought along by her older sister to the opening ceremony of the park.

“She also work tirelessly with the group over the years to bring improvements to the children’s playground and also with fundraising to replace the derelict tennis courts with a new games area.

“This has given young people a free, all-weather sports venue.

“The decision to depict a wolf is the connection of the woodland of Woolley Wood with Concord Park.

“The name Woolley Wood derives from Woolleywoodside, which means a clearing frequented by wolves.

“Legend has it the last wolf in the area was killed in Woolley Wood.”

The sculpture was unveiled at a special event by David Blunkett, MP for Hillsborough and Brightside.

Pupils from nearby Firth Park Academy also attended, along with the sculptor.

Funding was secured for the memorial from the Ward Pot Small Grants, Sheffield Town Trust and the Graves Trust.