Barnstaple Rotary Club has unveiled a new seating area in Rock Park, to celebrate the centennial celebrations of Rotary International. The impressive bench was designed by 16-year-old Brian Watts when he was a Pilton Community School pupil. Project leade

Barnstaple Rotary Club has unveiled a new seating area in Rock Park, to celebrate the centennial celebrations of Rotary International.The impressive bench was designed by 16-year-old Brian Watts when he was a Pilton Community School pupil. Project leader and Rotarian Brian Ross said: "The design requirements were to be a careful balance between blending into the location, opposite the War Memorial, while being simple and economical to construct and have minimal ongoing maintenance costs. In addition it also had to be vandal, BMX and skateboard resistant." Brian Watts designed the seat two years ago as part of a competition between Pilton and Park Community schools."I designed the seat so long ago, I had forgotten about it. So, when I got the phone call I was really shocked. It felt like winning the lottery," said Brian.Brian was presented with £35 of book tokens and a letter of congratulations by the Rotary Club president Carole Roberts.A special sponsors' plaque is included on the seat naming those local Rotarians and families of past Rotarians who have helped fund the project. Other organisations including the Bridge Trust who also helped finance the monument are also named on the plaque. Mr Ross said: "We wanted the seating monument to be of an ongoing use to the community and one that individuals can sit around, relaxing and enjoying the ambience of the War Memorial and the park. It also acts as a permanent reminder of the good work Rotary does.