WATCH: This councillor visited nearly a dozen Bexley landmarks in a day to show off the borough’s culture
PUBLISHED: 10:26 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:26 13 July 2017
Peter Craske set off on July 7
As the council prepares its bid to be crowned London borough of culture, one senior councillor took a tour of Bexley’s landmarks last week.
Peter Craske set off on Friday, July 7, to visit as many sites as he could during the hot summer’s day.
Setting off from the Civic Offices, formerly known as the Woolwich Building at the heart of Bexleyheath, Cllr Craske made his way to Crayford Library, stopping to admire nearby public art before moving on to Barnehurst Golf Course.
From there he made the five minute walk to Danson Park FC’s homeground as they unveiled its new Fifa standard 3G all-weather pitch, alongside former Charlton Athletic player Scott Minto.
After unveiling the field alongside MP David Evennett, Danson Park FC players and ward councillors, the cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure dashed over to Erith Leisure Centre.
From there he passed the steel Cob statue in Belvedere on his way to Crossness Pumping Station, which we revealed earlier this week hopes to gain full museum status within a year.
Cllr Craske then headed over to the Lesnes Abbey ruins, which are thought to date back to the 12th century.
Keeping the historic theme going, Cllr Craske headed back toward Bexleyheath to visit Danson Park, visiting the Georgian-era Danson House, which appeared in BBC series Taboo earlier this year.
In a final flourish, the Tory councillor visited the former home of arts and craftsman William Morris, Red House, then acting-schools Rose Bruford College and Bird College before ending the tour at Hall Place and Gardens, covering roughly 20 miles across the entire journey.
Cllr Craske said: “I have gone from the very new at Mayplace to the old at Red House, Hall Place. Crossness and Danson and a mixture of both at Lesnes. I have seen the amazing work volunteers put in at Crossness Pumping Station and have driven and walked by some of our impressive public art. I’ve spoken to volunteers, leisure centre users and college students and park visitors and each gave me the real sense of community and pride in our borough.
“I can’t wait to pack another day with all the other great places in the borough: Erith Yacht Club, the Europa Gym, inside the Carnegie Building, the Five Arches and many more.”