Along with the Lord Mayor Cllr Erica Kemp, friends, family and former colleagues of Tony Burke turned out to the event at Redrow’s Calderstone’s Grange development to celebrate the relocation and unveiling of the stone that had originally been placed on the site of the New Heys School where Tony worked.
Now there are new homes being built where the school used to stand, Tony’s widow Johanna was keen to make sure that the stone could stay nearby and approached Redrow to see if it could be moved and taken care of.
The stone is now in pride of place outside the marketing suite and showhome at the development.
At the unveiling, Johanna Burke said: “The relocation of the stone, the temporary transfer to our house and then back again to the site needed careful planning and handling. Many thanks to the Redrow team for dealing with it in such a dignified and respectful way.
“Tony was a very gifted teacher, who with his cheerful personality inspired his pupils and managed to create a happy atmosphere among the staff.”
Technical director for Redrow (NW) Paul Sinclair added: “Tony was an important member of the community and we wanted to make sure that this memorial stone stays in a place where local people will be able to see it.”
As a former teacher, it was also a special day for the Lord Mayor. She said: “I’m delighted to be able to unveil the stone in its new location after Redrow looked after it so well in the interim.”
Tony Burke was head of modern languages at New Heys School from 1985 until 1992 and deputy head from 1992 until 1997. He died of cancer in 1997 leaving his wife Johanna, daughter Kirsten and son Raaland.
Currently celebrating its 40th year, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, operating across England and Wales, with a strong emphasis on high quality family housing in prime locations. Its Heritage Collection of family homes combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and four consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Redrow also collected the Silver award in the Large Housebuilder category of the 2012 and 2013 What House? Awards; the award for best marketing initiative at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Housebuilder Awards and its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence