A permanent stone memorial to those who lost their lives to Covid, and paying tribute to the NHS, carers and keyworkers, has been unveiled in Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows.
Newton councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron says: “It’s a shame we couldn’t make more of an unveiling of it. But times dictate we can’t. I and Cllr Jeanie Bell have funded, out of our Councillor Improvement Fund, a memorial stone which has been located in Mesnes Park within the Remembrance Meadow after suggestions for a location from the public.
The quote around the circle is from Captain Sir Tom Moore.
A cherry blossom tree has also been planted in Newton Cemetery, just in front of the new stone, and also on the grassed area at the bottom of Wharf Road in remembrance of all those who have passed away from Covid, and also our fantastic NHS and keyworkers.
54 people from Newton-le-Willows have passed away from Covid in the last 12 months. And we hope this quiet space can provide an opportunity for peaceful reflection in our beautiful park.”