A walkway between two city streets will be renamed in honour of a community champion at a Christmas lights switch-on event this Friday evening (November 27).
Jane’s Walk, between Bouverie Street and Plum Terrace in the Garden Quarter , is a special tribute to Chester musician Jane Wolfe who died earlier this year.
Jane was co-founder and honorary secretary of the Garden Quarter Community Association, which was responsible for the many festivals and events that have taken place in the neighbourhood since then. A professional singer, Jane also performed regularly in the city and at the annual Christmas switch-on event.
Festival organiser Matt Baker said: “There will be a sad moment this year when, for the first time in a decade, Jane won’t be crooning for the large crowds awaiting the switching on of the lights on Garden Lane. So we thought we would turn this into a happy occasion where we would officially open the little walkway, named in her honour, close by where she lived and where she always sang for us.”
The decision to name the lane Jane’s Walk was decided by the association and local councillor Bob Rudd .
Councillor Rudd said: “Jane was a remarkable asset to the Garden Quarter in so many ways, in fact she was the driving force behind the official naming of the area with the Boundary Commission.
“She put in so many hours as honorary secretary of the association but also organised many festivals and events in the past couple of decades. We will miss Jane, but we know that the neighbourhood is a better place for the amount of work she did for it.”
The Christmas lights switch on will take place at 7.30pm on Garden Lane. Before the big event, children from Chester Blue Coat Christmas fair will process from the school, through the newly named Jane’s Walk to Garden Lane.
Councillor Rudd will give a special speech at the point where Jane would normally have sung a Christmas song and officially unveil the new walkway.
Celebrations will continue in the Bouverie with a night of entertainment by A Handbag of Harmonies choir and Safehouse band.
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