Family hopes Norwich community champion's work will continue after his death
PUBLISHED: 06:41 02 January 2012
The daughter of a much-loved community champion, who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those who lived and worked in Norwich, has issued a plea for his work to be carried on after his death.
Julian Foster, 80, pictured, chairman of the Central Norwich Citizens’ Forum and the city centre’s safer neighbourhood action panel, who was also a promoter of the city centre’s night-time economy, died last month following a short battle with cancer. More than 60 people who attended an emotional funeral service for the father of three and grandfather of four at Earlham Crematorium heard references to Mr Foster’s vast and dedicated work for the community in Norwich.
And today his daughter Sue, who lives in London, has called on others to take up the mantle and ensure her father’s work was not for nothing.
She said: “Unfortunately, we didn’t know the other people that were in whatever organisations he was involved in, but it would be a shame for the work he’s done to go to waste.
“It would be great if someone could carry that on. Dad was retired and had a lot of spare time to put into these things, so presumably it would have to be someone in a similar situation who would be prepared to put the time in. It would be a real shame for all that work to go to waste now.”
As previously reported, Mr Foster, who was admitted to hospital on November 28, gave up his own time to run the citizens’ forum and was a tireless campaigner for the rights of people living in the city centre.
He was at the forefront of the Evening News’s Graffitibusters campaign to rid the city’s streets of illegal graffiti tags and worked closely with police to make the city a safer place. In 2009, the Central Norwich Citizens’ Forum, which has regularly provided the city council with community feedback, improved relations with licensees and helped to reduce anti-social behaviour, faced the threat of closure after council funding was completely cut.
It meant the forum could no longer afford to rent its office in Boardman House on Redwell Street or pay for stationery to communicate with members.
But despite the recent death of her father, Sue is hopeful the organisation, which was later housed in The Mall, Norwich, could continue to be a force for good. She said: “The work was important to him so it makes it important to us, so hopefully it can be continued.”
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