Dedication garden set for opening

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A NEW garden of remembrance commemorating townsfolk including miners and seafarers will open at Newbiggin this weekend.

The dedication garden, at the entrance to Long Park, will be declared open at noon on Sunday by Northumberland County Council chairman Marcia Bircham, pictured, also an Ashington town councillor.

The Newbiggin Town Council initiative was inspired by the desire of friends to commemorate Barry Leach, a Newbiggin man who died last August.

His friend Dave Anstey will travel up from the south of England to plant a flowering cherry tree.

Town council chair Rebecca McCready said: “The dedication garden will provide a fitting focal point in the town to remember our loved ones.

“I am delighted that the town council will be dedicating trees to our seafarers and miners, who made enormous sacrifices, and look forward to welcoming Mr Anstey and his family to Newbiggin to commemorate Mr Leach.

“I hope that, through the support of the friends’ group and the town and county councils, this garden will serve as a natural, beautiful reminder of our community.”

The town council will be planting two rowan and two holly trees in memory of all seafarers and miners from Newbiggin in years gone by and not just those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Anyone can ask to dedicate a tree, to be picked from a list compiled by the council.

For more information, go to www.newbiggintowncouncil.gov.uk/docs/dedicationtreerequestform.pdf