Park renamed after Thornaby councillor Allison Trainer

Allison Trainer
Image caption Mrs Trainer lost her battle with breast cancer in August 2010

A park has been renamed in honour of a Teesside councillor who died after a long battle with breast cancer.

Allison Trainer, 45, from Thornaby, died in August 2010. She had represented the Mandale and Victoria ward of Stockton Council since 2003.

A plaque and bench were unveiled at Linear Park in Thornaby, which is now to be known as Allison Trainer Park.

The mother of three had campaigned for the area to be regenerated and helped secure a £100m package of improvements.

She was elected to Stockton Borough Council in May 2003 and served as a member of the Thornaby Independents Association.

Mike Smith, the council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "Allison's determination, passion and sheer force of personality meant she made a real difference to people's lives.

"Renaming Linear Park the Allison Trainer Park is a fitting tribute as she was passionate about Thornaby and its residents and the name will ensure she can remain in our hearts and thoughts."

The £100m regeneration of Mandale aims to create about 800 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.

A trust fund was set up in Mrs Trainer's name to raise cash for the breast cancer and chemotherapy units of North Tees Hospital, where she received treatment.

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