Book honours dad’s memory

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A FORMER Brigg Grammar School teacher is remembered in a new book published by his daughter.

Celia Warren’s book – The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Anthology of Wildlife Poems – is dedicated to the memory of Ray Barker, her late father, and was launched at The Bird Fair at Rutland Water.

Mrs Warren has since presented a reading from the book at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

The hardback book is illustrated by members of the Society of Wildlife Artists – a real book for keeps.

Mrs Warren said: “My father took great delight in watching the birds, particularly after his series of mini-strokes left him largely immobile, and his last words were in praise of birds.

“It’s taken the six years since he died for me to fulfil my ambition to dedicate a poetry anthology featuring bird poems to his memory.

“The book contains classics and modern poems, including some written especially for this book.”

The book is on the RSPB online retail outlet and is also available from any book shop including Amazon.

You can see it at

Ray Barker will be remembered by students at the school as teaching Foreign Languages between the 1950s and 1970s.