New bench installed in memory of Lion David

Members of Pocklington District Lions Club with the new bench.
Members of Pocklington District Lions Club with the new bench.

A new memorial bench has been installed in Market Weighton in honour of a “true gentleman” and former Pocklington District Lions Club member.

The bench, installed by the club, is in memory of David Stephenson, who was one of the founding charter members of the club and died in October 2013. The club was chartered in 1962.

Although he had not been in the best of health for a number of years, with his vast experience as a Lion, David always attended the monthly meetings. He ensured everything was being run correctly and was able to give the club the benefit of his vast experience for more than half a century.

The bench has been installed close to the roundabout at the top end of Londesborough Road. David often enjoyed walking to this point to look out across the land he farmed for more than 50 years. His widow Margaret hopes walkers and visitors to the area will sit awhile and look out across the fields as David did on so many occasions.

The club’s president, Richard Knill, said: “David exemplified the very essence of what Lionism is all about in terms of helping those in need within our community and the wider world. The Lions motto of ‘We Serve’ always played a major part in David’s life from those early days in the sixties. David was a person of great integrity, had a fantastic sense of humour and our lasting memories will be of a true gentleman with a twinkle in his eyes.”