She did so for a very special reason: 27 years ago, Jane and her parents planted three trees in memory of her brother, Andy Riley, who died in January of that year in an accident at work in America.
“Andy worked at Stanford Research Institute in California as a researcher in cold fusion. We grew up in Whitby Road and we (Andy, my other brother and myself) attended Sidegate Lane Primary School and Northgate, so Brunswick Rec was the place we all played as children,” said Jane.
“I was pleased to see that those three trees are still flourishing almost three decades later and it was a special and poignant moment to go back and plant ‘my tree’ which marks my Mayoral year.”
Picture: Deputy Mayor Jane Riley with parks staff Nick Wilcox and Dean Welham