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Poignant service held to dedicate new WWI garden

Dedication of the new memorial garden in Sparrow Park, children from the town's schools laid wreaths

Dedication of the new memorial garden in Sparrow Park, children from the town's schools laid wreaths

A special service of dedication has been held to mark the official opening of a community garden in Buxton to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Members of the Buxton branch of the Royal British Legion gathered at Sparrow Park, on Hardwick Street, for the service last week, led by the Rev John Hudghton.

Also in attendance were local dignitaries including High Peak Mayor Cllr Alan Barrow and MP Andrew Bingham, along with pupils from local schools who laid wreaths at the site.

Branch member Mo Stewart said: “The comments from people afterwards were that they found the service extremely moving, and I think Reverend Hudghton did an amazing job. The service of dedication was the perfect way to mark the completion of months of hard work.

“It was great to see the range of ages who were involved, from 11-year-old school pupils right up to a 97-year-old war veteran.”

The poppy-shaped garden has been created by members and supporters of the Buxton branch of the legion. As well as marking the centenary of the Great War, the project has helped breathe new life into an underused area of land owned by High Peak Borough Council.

Each of the garden’s four petals depict a different theme - sacrifice, memories of undying hope, thoughts of absent friends and strength and courage.

Also during Friday’s proceedings, a presentation was made to the winner of a competition to design a poster to promote the branch’s mini military tattoo and poppy appeal launch in October. The winner, chosen by Pure Buxton editor Steve Caddy, was 11-year-old St Anne’s Primary School pupil Charlotte Howard.

 

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