Members of the Geary family joined members of the Lady Bay Community Association and representatives from other local groups on the Hook in Lady Bay to plant a tree in memory of Lawrence Geary, much missed former chair of the Lady Bay Community Association.
The date, Monday 9th October, would have been Lawrence’s 77th birthday – a date he shared to the year with John Lennon.
Lawrence worked tirelessly to protect Lady Bay by continuously campaigning against the fourth Trent crossing and numerous inappropriate building proposals which would have completely, irrevocably and adversely altered the area.
The tree chosen to commemorate Lawrence is a medlar – a shrub cultivated since Roman times which produces fruit traditionally used in desserts and preserves such as jellies, but which can only be used once the fruit has rotted.
A Nottingham medlar was chosen because it reflects Lawrence’s commitment to the city and county he lived and worked in, as well as his quirkiness and old world charm, not least his steadfast adherence to pen and ink.
He shunned computers and email, yet still managed to be meticulously well informed about local issues, and motivate and co-ordinate others to campaign with him for causes about which he felt passionate.
For these reasons, Lady Bay residents wanted to commemorate this gentle, humorous yet tenacious and dedicated man who did so much for their community.