Alfie garden completed

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A MEMORIAL garden to Pocklington’s Alfie Hutchinson has been completed, where he lived in the town.

The staff at Sherbutt House, where the popular character had lived until his death a year ago, transformed the back yard area of the house on George Street using money raised at his funeral at All Saints’ Church, which was attended by hundreds of people.

Consisting of garden furniture and a water feature, it also includes a few reminders of Alfie including a statue of a cat, an animal which he loved, his magnolia tree and a barometer because of his fascination with the weather.

The 65 year-old died last year after a short illness. Suffering with learning difficulties, he had lived under the care and supervision of Sherbutt House for many years, but was well known around the town.

A brass plaque to Alfie already exists on the front wall of the house, while a sun dial memorial was built two months ago on the grass area outside his family’s old home near the Post Office.

Ann Simpson, supported living manager at Sherbutt House, said: “The home environment is not the same [without Alfie], it never will be. We all miss him- his laugh mostly. Wherever he is, we miss him dearly.”