Tiger Bills turns one!
On 3 December 2014, the local community joined guests to celebrate Tiger Bills first anniversary. Guests were treated to a choice of Thai and Western food, whilst they were entertained by the amazing, Consett YMCA’s Act On Youth Theatre Group who performed a number of show songs from their reportoire.
You can find out more about Tiger Bills Consett, on their Facebook page .
Members of Consett and District Royal British Legion played their part in the formal opening of Consett’s showpiece Fawcett Park.
As park developers, Project Genesis were delighted to make a £250 donation for legion funds and George McKay (right) was happy to collect it on behalf of the British Legion from Ian Sparks of Project Genesis.
The handover was made at a wreath laying ceremony at the legion’s own Garden of Remembrance at Christ Church in Consett.
George, Chairman of the Consett and District RBL commented
“It was a much appreciated gesture from Project Genesis. The money will go to our Immediate Welfare Fund that is used in emergencies to help those who have been in the services.”
The official opening of Fawcett Park took place on September 8 2014, the start of further celebrations for the Consett community.
Project Genesis together with Dysart Developments used the occasion to make a series of surprise announcements that were welcomed by local organisations and schools.
Dozens of people, representing business, local government and community, attended the opening of Fawcett Park carried out by Lord Devonport, Chair of the Project Genesis Trust.
The Fawcett Park name recognises the key role played by development entrepreneurs Jack and Caroline Fawcett, who teamed up with the then Derwentside District Council to mastermind a regeneration programme that was launched as Project Genesis in 1994.
The facility, covering a two hectare area has been built on land once occupied by the town’s steelworks and features play areas, wildflower areas, a timber trim trail as well as hosting a section of the popular C2C cycle way and providing access to the Derwent Walk.
Over 12,000 shrubs and trees were planted in the park alongside the two magnificent large-scale public artworks.
The Genesis Circle, with a diameter of 18 metres, is made up of a series of interlocking panels, each weighing a ton and made from corten and mild steel, depicts scenes from images of the original foundry and was conceived and designed by Cumbrian based artist Chris Brammall.
An original iron hook, found and rescued during clearance work on the site, that was used at the steelworks to transport molten steel now forms the centrepiece of another imposing artwork. The Hook, measuring almost 30ft by 20ft, stands at the entrance to Fawcett Park at Genesis Way.
Chairman of Dysart Development Morris Muter, said:
“Fawcett Park is a magnificent new facility for the people of Consett and a fitting tribute to Jack and Caroline Fawcett. It leaves a legacy in their name for all that they have achieved, not only in Consett, but throughout the North East. I am sure it will be enjoyed by residents and visitors to Consett for many years to come”.