April 15, 2017

Tata Steel hosts Lee Durrell

Jamshedpur: Tata Steel is hosting Lee Durrell, the wife of Late Gerald Durrell, who is in Jamshedpur for the period April 14 - 17, 2017. Gerald Durell can be regarded as “a famous son of Jamshedpur”. Gerald was a British naturalist and zookeeper who has many books to his credit on saving animals. British TV serials have also been made on him.

His father Lawrence Samuel Durrell was a prominent contractor and owner of Durrell & Company, which built many buildings at Jamshedpur like the General Office (now called Corporate Centre), Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Tinplate Company of India (TCIL) infrastructure and some railway buildings. He and his family stayed at #10 Beldih Lake.

Zookeeper Daniel Craven of the Durell Wildlife Trust visited Jamshedpur on May 5, 2016 and addressed school children at Centre for Excellence (CFE). Daniel had also brought with him copies of documents related to the construction of the buildings mentioned above. These were formally handed over to Tata Steel on May 7, 2016.

In her current visit, Ms Durrell visited CFE to have an overview of the city’s history and culture. This was followed by a visit to Tata Steel Corporate Centre. This was followed by a visit to the Tata Zoological Park, where she had an interactive session with the authorities and government officials. This was followed by a visit to TMH and a programme at Loyola School.

There was a traditional welcome by students and teachers, introduction to staff, students and alumni and a brief tour of the school and the free medical centre. She inaugurated the Durrell Corner at the Knowledge Center.

In the evening Ms Durrell inaugurated an exhibition on Gerald Durrell at CFE titled “Footprints from Jamshedpur”. Later she addressed a gathering on “Gerald Durrell and his Global Influence on Conservation” at the CFE Auditorium.

On April 16, 2017, Ms Lee is scheduled to visit TCIL.