A leading disability rights campaigner has joined the Stray Defence Association in its remit as guardians of Harrogate’s much-loved 200 acres of parkland.
Guy Tweedy, who champions the rights of victims of the Thalidomide morning sickness drug, will sit on the seven-strong Stray Defence Association’s committee.
The organisation was initially established in 1933 and its fundamental aims are unchanging – to maintain the beautiful environment centre to the Harrogate community, and to protect it against building and encroachment from all quarters and upholding the Parliamentary Stray Act granting freedom of the Stray to all people for all time.
Judy d’Arcy Thompson, The chair of the Stray Defence Association committee, said: “We are delighted that Guy has agreed to join our association. He is a seasoned campaigner and, thanks to where he lives, the Stray is in effect his front garden.
“He will be an asset to the committee and we look forward to his voice joining ours in helping to protect the Stray for many years to come.”
Mr Tweedy has already made numerous donations to the upkeep of the local grassland, in particular “Cherry Tree Walk”, where, for over the last 13 years, he has personally paid for the replacement of 50 old or vandalised cherry trees.
Mr Tweedy said:” I love the Stray and for the last 30 years I have lived in houses that overlook it. It is a vital part of what makes Harrogate special, and, for my part, I hope to maintain this.”
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