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Covid memorial is unveiled at cemetery

Covid memorial is unveiled at cemetery

by Henry James (July 2021)

A COVID memorial has been unveiled at Burscough’s West Lancashire Cemetery and Crematorium in memory of all those who died through the pandemic.

Westerleigh Group, who operate the Burscough site, plan to create Covid-19 memorial gardens at most of its sites.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper unveiled the memorial and said: “The world has gone through such a tragic period with hundreds of thousands of lives having been lost due to the impact of Covid-19 and many more still dealing with the long-term effects, sadly including 263 in our own community in West Lancashire.

“I am humbled to be invited along here today to unveil this wonderful feature to commemorate those lives sadly lost, but to also mark and celebrate the community spirit borne out of the pandemic and the huge sacrifice and dedication of our key workers who continued to work throughout to keep us alive and to keep the country going.”

Roger Mclaughlan, chief executive officer of Westerleigh Group, said: “We would like the memorial gardens to provide permanent, tranquil places for people to visit to remember loved ones who lost their lives during the pandemic and also to remember and reflect on those who have sacrificed so much to help others during the coronavirus crisis.”

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