Docking makes new tribute to famous family

Docking's student school captains and councillors line up in front of the walnut tree planted in memory of Major Michael Hare.   Behind, from left - Rev Peter Cook, John Ward (parish clerk and chairman of the school governors),  Richard Todd (parish councillor), John Hare, Kate Hare, Keith Thwaites (school deputy head) and Amy Todd and daughter, Jessica ANL-150922-144729001
Docking's student school captains and councillors line up in front of the walnut tree planted in memory of Major Michael Hare. Behind, from left - Rev Peter Cook, John Ward (parish clerk and chairman of the school governors), Richard Todd (parish councillor), John Hare, Kate Hare, Keith Thwaites (school deputy head) and Amy Todd and daughter, Jessica ANL-150922-144729001
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A new memorial to one of Docking’s favourite sons has been unveiled ahead of a community fair that celebrates his family’s contribution to village life.

School children and community leaders gathered on Monday afternoon for the unveiling of a new plaque in memory of Major Michael Hare, who died four years ago.

Kate Hare unveils the plaque in memory of her grandfather, Major Michael Hare ANL-150922-144739001

Kate Hare unveils the plaque in memory of her grandfather, Major Michael Hare ANL-150922-144739001

Members of the Hare family were also at the ceremony including his granddaughter, Kate, who unveiled the new tribute.

The plaque has been placed next to a walnut tree that was also planted in his honour last year.

The village’s rector, the Rev Peter Cook said: “Michael was for many years a tireless friend and supporter of Docking.

“He was chair of the Parish Council and, within the church, acted as churchwarden and treasurer.

“He had a very old fashioned sense of duty and responsibility and he cared greatly for his home village. In this, he was carrying on a great family tradition, for the Hare family have been champions of Docking for generations.

“It was the Hares who drummed up funds and support for the foundation of our village school and Hares who organised the extensions at the church in the 1870s.

“As a result they are remembered fondly around the village and the plaque on the green will be a new addition to a number of Hare memorials in Docking.”

The ceremony took place ahead of the village’s fourth annual Hare Fair, which will take place at the church tomorrow, between 10am and 4pm.

Rev Cook said: “The fair was named partly in recognition of all that the Hares have done for the life of our village and partly because the fields around it are home to a great many beautiful brown hares.”

A host of arts and crafts will be on display, as well as stalls, games, a raffle and refreshments. Admission is free.