Golf open in Ilkeston will raise money to replace memorial bench

Dave Shepherd, memorial bench in his memory was smashed up at Ilkeston golf course
Dave Shepherd, memorial bench in his memory was smashed up at Ilkeston golf course
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The family of an Ilkeston golfer whose memorial bench was destroyed last month have vowed that the vandals won’t win and it will be replaced.

This weekend all local golfers are invited to take part in the Dave Shepherd ‘Stop Vandalism’ Winter Open at Ilkeston’s Pewit golf course with funds going to a replacement.

Mr Shepherd’s daughter, Della Smith said: ‘My mum and everyone in the family were devastated by what happened. The bench was the place we put our flowers to remember Dad and we want it back.’

The popular painter and decorator had his ashes scattered over Ilkeston golf course after he died aged 65 in 2012 and the bench, lovingly engraved by his family, sat next to the fourth tee until it was kicked to smithereens last month.

The competition, open to all, and an accompanying raffle, will feature some cracking pre-Christmas prizes after a generous response from the town’s business.

Della added: ‘I’ve had a great response with Morrisons, Wilko’s, Hepburns Hair, Pick n Mix, the Durham Ox, Harper & Finch, Creative Occasions and Paul Walkers Butchers among those donating. It’s a reminder that there’s a lot more good in this town than bad.’

Raffle tickets are available from Harpur & Finch on Bath Street. For more golf details ring 07713-856857 or visit the Pewit golf course Facebook page.