Published: 01:14 PM, 03 November 2021 Last Update: 01:15 PM, 03 November 2021
Janomot Desk: Memorial bench unveiled at Raines House for Kathleen Bracken Memorial bench unveiled at Raines House for Kathleen Bracken
A memorial bench and plaque have been unveiled at Raines House in Wapping for long-standing member of the community Kathleen Bracken.
Kathleen, who passed away from cancer in May, was a dedicated member of the Wapping Social Club and was involved in many events over the years – often seen as a pillar of the community.
To recognise her contribution to the social club and her support for the community hall, Mayor John Biggs unveiled the memorial bench and commemorative plaque in the courtyard in front of Kathleen’s loved ones.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“This tribute to Kathy will allow us to remember her and all the good work she carried out in the area. Her spirit and determination will be sorely missed and I’m glad we can honour her this way to allow her legacy to live on.”
Many of Kathleen’s family attended the unveiling including her husband Ray, sister Sheila and daughter Lorraine.
Lorraine Bracken, daughter of Kathleen said:
“She was an inspiration and stood up for what she believed in. She was determined, strong willed and the voice of many, and fought tirelessly for this historic club for the OAPs and community."
“She was infectious and made everyone feel welcome, she stood no nonsense, but was kind and gentle.”
“Everyone that met her will never forget her, she was a giant character. This was one battle she couldn’t win. She was a wonderful loving wife, mother, nan, great nan, sister, aunt and dear friend. She will always be sadly missed but never forgotten.”
Raines House will continue to act as a community hall for the residents in Wapping who will now be able to learn about Kathleen’s story.