Dunfermline Athletic Football Club (DAFC) have united with the Co-operative Funeralcare to create a memorial at the club’s East End Park stadium.
Kenny McLachlan, a funeral director at the Co-operative Funeralcare and lifelong Pars supporter, contacted the club to suggest the creation of a memorial area, after observing a fans’ forum discussion in which Dunfermline fans requested their ashes were scattered at East End Park.
Stadium manager and safety officer at Dunfermline Athletic Kenny Arnott said: “We were delighted when Kenny came to us with this suggestion of a lasting Memorial Garden at East End Park. The Co-operative Funeralcare’s generous donation of the memorial stone to the garden acts as an appropriate marker for Pars fans who wish to stay close to their favourite football team even after they have passed away. At DAFC we will make sure to always treat this area with the utmost respect.”
Located in a quiet corner overlooking the home goal, the garden contains a memorial stone, made of locally sourced granite, engraved with the Dunfermline crest.
DAFC and the Co-operative Funeralcare can arrange memorial plaques to be positioned on the surrounding wall of the garden, allowing family members to erect a lasting dedication to loved ones.
Kenny McLachlan concluded: “As a Pars fan myself, I know how much East End Park means to people, so we’re really pleased to be collaborating with DAFC on this memorial garden, which will be a fitting tribute to life-long fans. We hope our donation of the football player memorial stone and garden signage plaque will help to mark this dignified and poignant corner of the stadium.”
Image: (L-R) Kenny Arnott and Kenny McLachlan