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The Souvenir d’Anne Frank Commemorative Rose
A VERY special rose has been used to commemorate an important date in York’s history.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of when almost 500 of York’s Jewish community perished in the pogrom of 1190 .
Beginning in late 1189, Catholics goaded and envenomed by the coming Crusades In the Holy Land, form roving mobs and rehearse their fanaticism by attacking and murdering Jews. In September 1189, 30 Jews are murdered to mark the coronation of King Richard I the Lionheart. That massacre would prove to be a mere warm-up act for the carnage of March 18 the following year, when Jews are killed by the hundreds in York but also at Lynn, at Stamford fair, and at Norwich. Dozens of Jews commit suicide to avoid being murdered.
The massacre was remembered with a rose-planting ceremony at Tower Gardens.
The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was sent to York by Kenji Yamamuro, from Japan. The rose has been grafted from a flower sent to Japan by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, who was a reader of Anne’s Diary, in the 1970s. From that one rose, grafts were taken by Michiko’s uncle, Mr Yamamuro, and sent all over Japan, to be planted and nurtured by children, as a living reminder of Anne and her longing for a peaceful world.
Children from Knavesmire Primary School attended yesterday’s ceremony, singing a song with words by Anne, and hanging poems they had written on to a cut out “Remembering Tree” created for the occasion.
The rose was sent as part of the Souvenir d'Anne Frank project, a new theatre and music work, which will be touring to York Theatre Royal later this month.
JUBILEE GARDEN GETS A NEW LOOK
Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse
A £15,000 revamp of the Rose Gardens has been agreed by Berwick Town Council as part of its contribution towards the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
The gardens, part of Flagstaff Park which nestles beneath the town’s Elizabethan Walls, were created for the Queen’s coronation in 1952.
However the area has begun to look a little tired in recent years and Berwick Town Council was keen to see it given a makeover.
Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse, speaking at a meeting of the council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “This is a project we have been talking about for such a long time that we now need to go ahead and get it done.”
Councillor John Robertson, chairman, added: “It sounds a lot of money but Flagstaff Park has historical significance given that it was created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.”
A local designer has put together some initial suggestions of how it could be revamped.
These include two metal archways at the entrance to the Rose Gardens which would have roses growing over them.
It is also planned to replant the rose beds, tidy up the hedgerows and introduce other plants such as geraniums and lavender.
In the part of the garden where there is currently a circular footpath it is proposed to put a new path straight across the grassed area, lined by low-lying shrubs. A flagpole has been suggested as its centrepiece.
Town clerk Sue Finch said: “The Rose Gardens are very much part of Berwick’s history but they have been looking very tired so we are looking at a combination of replanting and general tidying up.
“All the planting would be low maintenance and Northumberland County Council has said it will meet the costs of the labour.”
It is also proposed to relocate the bench seating on Marygate to the Rose Garden.
Members agreed to meet the cost of the project from town council reserves.
It is hoped the work will be completed for the diamond jubilee anniversary celebrations on June 4 when a party will be held on The Parade, hopefully followed by a procession along the town walls to the beacon - situated just above the Rose Gardens.
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