Mayor opens Skegness garden of remembrance

The official opening of the Skegness  garden of remembrance in Winthorpe. ANL-160524-112218001
The official opening of the Skegness garden of remembrance in Winthorpe. ANL-160524-112218001

A garden of remembrance for residents in the Skegness area has been officially opened in Winthorpe.

The ceremony too place at St Mary’s Church yesterday, conducted by the new Mayor of Skegness Coun Dick Edginton.

Named after the Queen to commemorate her 90th Birthday, Skegness Town Council decided to create this space for local residents in 2012, the year of her Diamond Jubilee.

Joining the Mayor were Ambassadors from Skegness Partnership and Couns Susan Blackburn, Danny Brookes (Deputy Town Mayor) and David Cargill.

Local residents also went along to see the opening, many of whom had family buried in the cemetery.

They commented on how the remembrance garden had further improved this well-kept cemetery and how they looked forward to seeing the plants mature in the years to come. Town Clerk Steve Larner , who worked on the initial concept , was also present, along with his deputy Kate Ford.

Coun Edginton on opening the garden praised Skegness Town Council’s grounds team, who were also present, for their hard work and dedication in transforming the area to a place for quiet contemplation and remembrance for the people of Skegness and Winthorpe to use.

A display of how the area looked before and during construction was provided, showing how the area at the back of the cemetery has been improved.

Skegness Partnership laid some flowers at a bench in the remembrance garden, which Skegness Town Council resolved to dedicated to the young people of Skegness lost too early.

After the opening there was an opportunity for any interested parties to see how the memorial inspections will be conducted, which are due to take place over the summer months.