Centre’s lasting tribute to Roy

A memorial plaque is unveiled for Roy Barnes, at the Southgate Community Centre in Bury.
A memorial plaque is unveiled for Roy Barnes, at the Southgate Community Centre in Bury.

A lasting tribute has been set up at Southgate Community Centre in memory of a leading figure whose legacy will continue to be felt.

A plaque was unveiled to commemorate Roy Barnes, 74 who was involved with the centre for 35 years and was chairman of Southgate Community Partnership - the group which took over the facility from St Edmundsbury Borough Council 18 months ago.

He passed away in February. Trustee Peter Boyt said: “His contribution was immense. He was here from day one and was pivotal in everything that went on.”

His work with the Partnership helped the centre go from strength to strength and there has been a 22 per cent increase in hirings since the take over.

A community pantomime raised £1,500 which went towards a £15,000 revamp of the centre’s kitchen with further funding from the Suffolk Foundation and outgoing County Cllr Craig Dearden-Phillips. There has also been a £2,500 renovation of the disabled toilet funded by Bury Town Council.

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