Preston Park, Stockton-on-Tees: Norman Hutchinson and his beloved dog Robin Feb 2014

We spent a few days travelling the length of the beautiful River Tees from the impressive waterfalls of the upper Tees in the Pennines to the estuary in to the North Sea.  After heavy rain we were lucky enough to enjoy some sunny days in the north-east.

Preston Park is on the outskirts of Stockton-on-Tees and runs down to the banks of the River Tees.  Within the park is Preston Hall, a 19th century Victorian house that now houses a museum.  The grounds of the hall include an adventure playground, a butterfly house, walled gardens and lovely woodland paths and it is a popular place for young and old on a sunny morning.

This memorial bench has views over the River Tees and has a moving dedication to both Norman Hutchinson and his dog Robin, suggesting a man and dog partnership that was inseparable.  The plaque tells those who walk by or stop and rest that the two of them are both missed by their family and friends.  I sat on the bench taking in the view and for a few moments imagined Norman Hutchinson walking by accompanied by his faithful friend Robin.

Preston Hall and river Tees (2)

The river Tees at Preston Park near Stockton-On-Tees

Preston Hall and river Tees (1)

In loving memory of Norman Hutchinson and his beloved dog Robin. Dearly missed by family and friends. Feb 2014

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