Sculpture unveiled at town's skatepark

PUBLISHED: 17:53 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

Skatepark sculputre unveiled

Skatepark sculputre unveiled

YEARS of hard work and the generosity of a large selection of supporters came to a head on Monday, when a sculpture was unveiled at Saffron Walden s skatepark. The sculpture provides a fitting tribute to Andrew Minet, a keen Saffron Walden skater who died

YEARS of hard work and the generosity of a large selection of supporters came to a head on Monday, when a sculpture was unveiled at Saffron Walden's skatepark.

The sculpture provides a fitting tribute to Andrew Minet, a keen Saffron Walden skater who died in a car crash aged 18. Andrew's mother, Angela Rowland, unveiled the memorial and officially named the park "One Minet Park" in his memory.

Secretary of Saffron Walden Skate Group, Jane Clarke, said the unveiling ceremony had been a great occasion.

"The ceremony went very well - we were really lucky with the weather and some 50 or so people came along.

"We've been shortlisted for a Biffaward. Biffa provided a grant towards the skatepark's cost and we've been chosen as one of the best projects they've helped. We should find out if we've won at a ceremony in September.

"There's still more to do - we need to put a mini-park next to the main one with less intimidating bowls and ramps - but it's been a fantastic project that's put Saffron Walden on the map in a new way.

"It brings in a lot of visitors and has been voted the best skatepark in Britain - quite an achievement for such a small group of hardworking people."

One Minet Park, which opened last year, is the result of five years' work by a team of dedicated people, at a cost approaching £300,000.

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