A TRAINING facility run by Incommunities has been named in tribute to a popular former Keighley housing manager.

The Gerry Pickersgill ICT Suite provides computer training for the housing group’s apprentices, job club customers and young people.

Mr Pickersgill, who was a well-known figure in the town, died in 2000.

His widow Janet and family members attended a naming ceremony for the suite, which is based at Incommunities’ construction training centre.

Over the years, Mrs Pickersgill has also supported an annual awards scheme set-up in tribute to her late husband.

The awards – organised by Incommunities and the Bradford District Tenant and Residents Federation – had run for 18 years, giving recognition to unsung community heroes.

But following discussions with the family, it was decided to find an alternative lasting legacy to honour Mr Pickersgill.

“The family is delighted by this latest dedication and tribute to Gerry’s time in housing,” said Mrs Pickersgill.

“Thanks to Incommunities, this tribute will continue his connection to a career he loved and the futures of those starting out in housing and people wanting to better themselves.”

She also spoke of her delight at being involved in the awards.

“Gerry was passionate about helping people and it’s great to have been part of these annual awards which recognised so many special local heroes,” she added.

Among those also present at the naming of the suite was Incommunities’ group chief executive, Geraldine Howley.

She said: “We have liaised closely with Janet and her family to arrange this fitting tribute.

“Having worked with Gerry, I saw first-hand his dedication to serving others.

“Giving his name to this important training resource will be a special legacy – one which will benefit our apprentices, housing staff and people from the wider community.”