A NEW bench has been installed in Ponteland in memory of a respected businessman.
The Ponteland Masters golf event was set up by pals Bob Frame, Brian Parker, the late Dick Dodsworth and Paul Syron 31 years ago as a friendly round, followed by dinner at Ponteland Golf Club.
The tradition is still going strong today and at the last event a raffle was held in memory of Mr Dodsworth.
He had been an active member of the Rotary Club of Ponteland so the funds were passed on to the group and, as Mr Dodsworth had been a keen walker, gardener and countryman, members decided the ideal way to splash the cash in tribute to their friend would be to provide a bench at the junction of Rotary Way and the bridle path.
The seat has now been installed and is proving a welcome addition for local residents.
The club has also provided a new wall plaque for Ponteland Golf Club to show its appreciation for being able to hold meetings and functions at the venue.