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Westerleigh Group launches Covid-19 memorials

An open invitation was issued to people of all ages and backgrounds to submit ideas for a design to be carved into stone obelisks which will form the centre-piece of each memorial

Westerleigh Group has announced that six people who designed Covid-19 memorials have had their pieces etched in crematoriums over the country.

An open invitation was issued to people of all ages and backgrounds to submit ideas for a design to be carved into stone obelisks which will form the centre-piece of each memorial.

Hundreds of entries were received, with the six winning designs chosen, one for each “region” within the group.

Amongst the successful designers was retired nurse Angela Moran-Sharpness who was the South region winner, with a design which featured a pair of forget-me-nots with foliage.

She said: “Nature was my inspiration and I thought flowers would be suitable and look good on a black granite background.”

Rachel Almond, a part-time teacher and part-time budding artist, was the north regional winner; she used forget-me-nots as the basis of her design, with simple edges and petals which would look like stained-glass panels.

In addition, Faith Williams, was the Welsh regional winner with her design which included the Welsh dragon, a rainbow and a heart.

Roger Mclaughlan, CEO 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.

“We decided early on that we wanted local people to help shape how the gardens would look, so that each of them would become something of real significance to our local communities.”

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