Mayor of Merton Councillor David Chung formally dedicated the bridge in Bewley Street, Colliers Wood to the late Councillor Gam Gurung. Helping him unveil the plaque at the dedication was Mrs Gurung.
Leader of the council Councillor Stephen Alambritis was also there with ward councillors and the President of the South London Nepalese Association as well as Colliers Wood Chorus.
A former Gurkha soldier, the late councillor had been a leading light in the Nepalese community in Britain for many years. He was the country’s first ever Gurkha Labour Councillor and was a tutor at Carshalton College in Surrey.
The bridge was completed following the council’s successful bid for funding from Transport for London, The Wandle Valley Trust and transport charity Sustrans last year. It joins Wandle Meadow Nature Park with Bewley Street.
Mayor of Merton Councillor David Chung said: “It was wonderful to be with Councillor Gurung’s family at this very special event. Councillor Gurung was a popular councillor who represented his residents for three years in Merton and it was great pleasure to have known and worked with him.”
Wife of the late councillor, Mrs Gurung said: “I am very proud of all that Gam achieved in his life, and dedicating this bridge to his memory is a wonderful honour for us.”