Charles Lambie’s death is heart-breaking, a major loss for our community and city. His spirit of initiative injected optimism into Canterbury, reminded us all of our civic responsibilities, what it is to have a dream, and what an individual with vision can achieve for the community. All this encapsulated in a person of great style with a warm welcoming smile.
In March 2010, as Canterbury City Council faced tough budget decisions, Charles assumed an inspirational role – having been a student here, he was determined to give back to the city that had nurtured him. A successful business man dedicated to preserving and drawing attention to Canterbury’s heritage, he engaged with the Council to keep the Westgate Tower museum open to the public. Today, thanks to his inspired ability to offer new solutions to old problems and persuade naysayers, medieval England remains alive, and the City Gaol café, with its views on the river, is revitalizing the economy at the St. Dunstan’s end of our high street. He demonstrated similar energy in his support of Canterbury’s Big Clean.
The Westgate Community Trust will honour Charles’s legacy with plans we had nurtured with him, by working with his Westgate Tower project to ensure its continued success. We have much to thank him for!