A new bench seat has recently been installed on the Benfleet Downs in celebration of the life of Ted Cook, who walked regularly from his 17th century cottage on the corner of Essex Way and Grosvenor Road to the Downs. He suffered from emphysema and would stop, rest and chat to anyone on his route.
Following his death in December a group of friends and neighbours led by John and Rosemary Morgan, got together to mark his passing with a seat on the Downs for the use of fellow walkers. It was recently installed and an explanatory plaque attached. The wording can be enlarged by clicking on the image. To mark the occasion the group met and raised a glass to Ted.