Les Cleveland memorial unveiled

Photo by Linda Robertson.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
A memorial to Dunedin philanthropist and businessman Les Cleveland was unveiled beside Queens Dr, near Olveston, yesterday.

At the site (from left) are Mr Cleveland's son, Andrew McKinlay, Mr Cleveland's widow, Margaret Cleveland, Rotary Club of Dunedin president Grant Chirnside, memorial project co-ordinator Graeme Leith and Dunedin Amenities Society president Robin Hyndman.

Mr Cleveland, who died in May 2013, aged 82, was the self-titled ''Mr Daffodil'', having donated more than twomillion daffodil bulbs and 8000 rhododendrons that grace many of Dunedin's public spaces.

He was also an Otago regional councillor, former chairman of the Otago Conservation Board, long-serving Dunedin Opera Company president, singer, Rotarian, Dunedin Citizen of the Year (1998) and Otago Gardener of the Year (2010).

The memorial, unveiled by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull, was created by the Dunedin Amenities Society, Rotary and Olveston, and includes seating and a plaque on a piece of stone from Blackhead Quarry.

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