Neighbours’ tribute to kind Albert

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A community has paid tribute to a man who spent his spare time helping his neighbours.

Prize-winning gardener Albert Lally, who died last year aged 70, went round Bowden Crescent in New Mills helping pensioners with their gardens, doing their shopping and many other odd jobs.

And after hearing that locals were raising money for a memorial to him, Derbyshire County Council, the Town Council and High Peak Community Housing stepped in and bought a seat in Albert’s memory.

“His greatest joy was keeping the local play area on Bowden Crescent clean and tidy,” his brother John told the Advertiser.

“He would go every day with an armful of bags and clean up all the rubbish, sometimes enlisting the help of young local kids, giving them a sense of pride in their environment.

“He was always doing something. He was a well-liked lad.”

Albert won many prizes for his own garden on Bowden Crescent, and came top in the High Peak best kept garden contest more than once.

The seat was officially unveiled on Friday, with family, friends, neighbours and councillors in attendance.