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NEW MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN FOR DOVER

A ROSE garden will grow as a permanent memorial to the 193 men, women and children who died when the ill-fated Herald of Free Enterprise capsized off Zeebrugge 25 years ago.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and the Reverend David Ridley, the vicar of St Mary's, turned the first spade of earth at the site at the rear of the Gateway flats last Friday. Twenty-five white rose bushes are expected to be planted at the plot in time for the memorial service at St Mary's on Tuesday.

Mr Ridley said: "There has never really been anywhere outside in Dover as a place for people to come and remember except for Whitfield Woods.

"The seafront is close to the port and so it seemed the appropriate place for it to be. As this is the 25th anniversary it also seemed a suitable time to do something."

Dover District Council donated the land and will plant the rose bushes while Dover Town Council will carry out the maintenance.

Mr Ridley added: "The roses should be in by March 6, in time for the service and, if not, then we will plant the first roses on that day."

Cllr Philpott added: "This is very important for the people of Dover as a mark of respect for the 25th anniversary.

"It is somewhere people can come every day of the year to remember their loved ones and reflect on things in general.

"It has a nice view of the sea and it is lovely that there are benches so people can sit down."

A remembrance service will be held at St Mary's, which has the names of those who died listed on a tablet at the foot of a memorial window, at 2.30pm on Tuesday with the Bishop of Dover, the Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, preaching.

Stars made of card will be signed by all those who want to leave messages and those messages, which will then be transcribed into a book of remembrance.

After the service, at 4.30pm, there will be a reunion for seafarers and family members in the parish centre followed by a dedication at the rose garden, which is at the site of the former fountain at the east end of the seafront gardens.

Following this, survivors and families of those who lost their lives will cast flowers into the water from the Prince of Wales Pier.

The church will be open from 10am to 6pm for those who wish to offer a silent prayer.

Dover mayor Ronnie Philpott and Councillor Sue Jones will also attend a memorial service on Sunday, March 4 in Zeebrugge.

The City Council of Bruges is inviting all survivors and families of those who died to the service, which starts at 9.30am.

To find out more e-mail protocal@brugge.be

AUSTRALIA

NEW VENUE FOR ROSE SHOW

 

The Barossa Rose and Floral Show has found a new home at Barossa Chateau at Lyndoch.

Mary Frick, secretary of the Australian Rose Society and a member of the Barossa Rose and Floral Show made the announcement at a celebration on Tuesday night.

Barossa Chateau was celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Queen opening the Barossa Chateau Rose Garden.

Queen Elizabeth II opened the garden in the year of her Golden Jubilee, on February 28, 2002.

Trevor Lang, David Ruston, Igor Moiseff, Dean Stringer and Tamara Moiseff, who all attended the garden opening ten years ago, joined in the anniversary celebrations.

A crowd of 110 attended to event, many of those from the rose fraternity, who were delighted to hear the news the Barossa Rose and Floral Show would call Barossa Chateau and the Rose Garden home.

Chateau owners Mark and Mandy Creed told the crowd they were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to reconnect the gardens of Lyndoch Hill and Barossa Chateau.

Lyndoch Hill covers about 15 acres, and once combined with Barossa Chateau, the overall area is around 25 acres.

About 22 acres of that is dedicated to gardens, so it has been returned to its original and intended design.

The gardens host over 30,000 roses, and while about 535 varieties have been identified, more than 2000 varieties were originally planted, both modern and heritage

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.

www.countrygardenroses.co.uk



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