A bench has been installed on Lichfield Canal’s towpath in memory of a couple who spent over 35 years in the city.
Rona and Clifford Chalmers moved to a bungalow on Tamworth Road in 1980, returning to the area after leaving in the mid-1950s. Rona was treasurer and later secretary of the Conservative Tea Club, while Clifford, a retired engineer, helped with repairs at the George Hotel and Maple Hayes School. He was also secretary of Whittington Golf Club for a time.
The couple enjoyed gardening and always looked forward to their annual walk into the city for the Bower festivities. As they had started life in the Burntwood area they had a wealth of local knowledge and only last year Clifford gave a talk to Lichfield Cathedral pupils about his school days at the Cathedral in the early 1930s. In 2015 ill health meant the couple moved to Darwin Court Care Home where Rona died in October 2016 and Clifford in September 2017.
The bench, with a plaque inscribed ‘In memory of Rona and Clifford Chalmers long time residents of Tamworth Road’, was donated by the couple’s daughters Briony Hunter, who lives in Bedfordshire, and Hazel John, who has lived in Brisbane, Australia, since 1977 but returns to England every year.
It was made by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteer Tony Cadwallader and installed on the towpath directly opposite the Cliffords’ old home on Tamworth Road. Benches can be supplied and installed by the Trust - more details here.
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