MEMORIES OF HAMISH PATRICK
Pilton lost a leading light in early December. Hamish Patrick was a founding member of the Pilton Green Man Festival, a staunch supporter of local charities and most giving of his time and energy to the people of Pilton.
With a background in the theatre, Hamish moved to North Devon some 30 years ago and was a huge influence in the strong community events in Pilton. His dream was to turn the tide of communities becoming fractured when children grew up and went away to find work. He believed that if we create a strong bond within a community, those children would always come back at least to visit and keep those ties. 25 years later, our children have grown up with Pilton Festival and few can stay away on that day; some are on the committee and making it happen today.
He worked tirelessly to get over 20 pantomimes onto the stage, creating and developing the Festival - in particular directing the Green Man Pageant on the day - and in recent years labouring long and hard with his team of supporters to organize the lovely family friendly haven that just seemed to magically spring up in Rotary Gardens on Green Man Day. He was often called upon to be a public speaker and was quizmaster at the annual Big Pilton Quiz and involved in many other such events. Hamish was much loved by many people in Pilton and the Barnstaple area. He will be greatly missed.
If you would like to put down your memories of Hamish, a 'Memories of Hamish' book is making its way around Pilton. It will be in the Green Man Bar & Bistro in Pilton Street for a week from Monday 5th January. It will then spend a week or so at The Reform Inn in Pilton Street and then move up to Pilton Church.
When completed the book will live in The Pilton Story archive to be seen by anyone.
Thanks to Bev Neighbour and Pip Cartmell for their contributions.
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