Mayor of Havering plants tree to commemorate his service

The Mayor and Mayoress of Havering with the commemorative plaque at the tree

The Mayor and Mayoress of Havering with the commemorative plaque at the tree - Credit: Archant

On his final day as mayor, Cllr Brian Eagling planted a commemorative tree in recognition of his hard work.

The plaque by the tree pays tribute to the two terms he has served as mayor, 2001-02 and this year.

The silver birch tree was planted in Harold Wood Park where Cllr Eagling previously coached a football team.

He said: “For nine years I coached and managed Gidea Park Rangers whose home ground was in Harold Wood Park and it was a fantastic time.

“I was with the same team from them being an under-10 side through to being under-16 during which we won the Essex County Cup twice in consecutive years.

“Two members of the squad, Spencer Bink and Junior McDougal, went on to play for England schoolboys with Junior turning professional with Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton and Marseilles.”

The mayor, who will formally step down tonight at the mayor making ceremony at Havering Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, said he was delighted that the tree was planted near the half-way line of the football pitch.

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He said: “I still have good links with Harold Wood Park, often visiting with my children and grandchildren, and when I get chance I join in with the litter picking organised by the Friends of Harold Wood Park

“I’m particularly pleased it is a silver birch tree as they are particularly good at improving air quality, which will help keep this beautiful park for future generations to enjoy.”