The Blue Plaque unveiling took place on a bitterly cold late Friday afternoon outside the Hawth at 4.30.
A small group of us first congregated inside the warm theatre, in which Peter Young contributed so much to its early formation – a contribution fulfilled quietly but with determined passion.
I say “quietly” with good reason. Although I counted Peter as a good friend and mentor – a great encourager of wise counsel – I was never fully aware of his pivotal role in the development of this cultural centre until this year – the town’s 70th Anniversary.
Peter’s daughter Judy Stokes kindly invited me – and it was a pleasure and privilege to attend this short unveiling ceremony to her father’s memory.
Once our small group had gathered inside in the light, we soon ‘braved the elements’ outside in the dark – led by the regaled Mayor and Mayoress and Crawley Arts Council’s John Whiting and Paul Castle.
A welcome hot cup of tea was awaiting inside the Hawth after the ceremony.