Southwark residents are invited to vote for two local characters who should be depicted in life-size effigies on a new walking and cycling route in South Bermondsey.
The bench will be installed along the new 5-mile walking and cycling route between Camberwell and Rotherhithe via a disused railway bridge at South Bermondsey.
The route is part of the national Connect2 project which won £50 million of National Lottery funding in a public vote four years ago.
One of the figures who will grace the Southwark bench has already been chosen: Barry Mason, coordinator of Southwark Cyclists and manager of Surrey Docks Farm, who died suddenly on holiday in Spain earlier this year.
An indefatigable campaigner, he was one of the driving forces behind the project to turn the overgrown and inaccessible bridge across Rotherhithe New Road into a useful route for walkers and cyclists.
Now Sustrans is holding a public vote to choose the two local figures who should appear alongside Barry. There are seven candidates – several with strong connections to the SE1 area – and votes can by cast by emailing [email protected]. The deadline is Tuesday 20 December.
Boxer David Haye grew up on the Kipling Estate in Bermondsey – where there is a garden named 'The Haye' in his honour – and attended Snowsfields Primary School
Sam King was Southwark's first black mayor in 1983, the only black mayor in Britain at the time, and was awarded an MBE in 1998 for outstanding services to the community.
Una Marson was a Peckham and Camberwell resident, feminist, activist and writer who in 1941 was the first black woman to be employed by the BBC.
Phyllis Pearsall: East Dulwich born in 1906, Pearsall devised the A-Z map of London, walking 3,000 miles to map the 23,000 streets of 1930s London.
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