His own seat, and a mince pie

Friends and well-wishers are invited to gather on Sunday at Lake Te Kō Utu at the new park bench installed in the memory of Cris Love, who died last year.

A relaxed social gathering at Lake Te Kō Utu on Sunday will be an opportunity for friends and family of colourful Cambridge resident Crispin ‘Cris’ Love, who died last year, to celebrate the installation of a park bench in his memory.

His brother Robert Love described him as a great source of offbeat ideas, including proposing an annual Cambridge Nude Day and introducing water buffalo to Lake Te Kō Utu as a tourist attraction and to keep the weeds down.

“Needless to say, few suggestions were ever taken up by the town, but he didn’t let that deter him. The image of him with giant chess pieces in front of the Town Hall during the Autumn Festival is an example of success. His view that the health benefits of weightlifting and the cerebral exercise of chess could co-exist with the notion of promoting Cambridge had taken form,” Rob said.

The new seat has been placed on the left side of the lake from the car park, with gathering happening from 11am – noon on Sunday, November 11.

Rob said that once, when he had asked Cris if there was anything he would like, he replied: “my own seat, a mince pie and the promise nothing will take either from me”. To that end, mince pies and warm beverages will be supplied, in memory of a true local character.

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