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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Park project to be dedicated to Josh

A FUND-RAISING effort has been launched to provide a safe well-equipped keep-fit area at The Haggs park at Ecclefechan.

PARK TRIBUTE . . . Josh’s grandfather Jack Craig, right, and uncle Calum Craig beside some of the limited existing equipment at The Haggs park


It is being dedicated to Corporal Josh Hoole, the popular 26-year-old member of The Rifles regiment, who sadly died recently in Wales while training to become a sergeant.

The organisers are aiming to buy equipment that will provide the opportunity for local children to improve their health and stay fit in a fun way.

The fund got off to a good start with a £1000 donation from Josh’s grandfather, Jack Craig.

This has been followed-up by a fund-raising page which has been launched on the JustGiving website.

POPULAR . . . Corporal Josh Hoole

Jack and his son Calum Craig, who is chairman of Ecclefechan Community Project (ECP), believes the children’s keep-fit zone would fit in well with wider improvements the group are making to The Haggs and elsewhere in the village.

Calum said: “We wanted to do something that would a be a lasting benefit to the village to remember Josh. The equipment will encourage children to stay fit by making exercise fun.”

Jack said: “The family have been greatly moved by the reaction of the community since Josh died. Their support and messages have been a great comfort.

“The keep-fit equipment would be something Josh would have supported as he was fond of The Haggs. He played football and enjoyed going there as a youngster.”

Anyone wishing to support the effort can make a donation online at


NEWSDESK: 01461-202417


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