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All rosy at the gardens as new flag raises a cheer

23 March 2018

Special dedication service. A special dedication service celebrated a new look for Norden’s memorial gardens which have been transformed thanks to investment from Rochdale Borough Council.

The gardens are now home to a beautifully crafted flagpole, which is the centrepiece of transformation work at the historic location.   

The cash injection also includes the restoration of fencing, the cleaning of the grade 2 listed memorial and the resetting of heritage stone paving around the site.

Specially designed benches have been installed, and a range of flowers planted, to complete the investment work at the picturesque gardens.   

Dignitaries at the service included ward councillors Jim Gartside, Michael Holly and Peter Winkler, Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, and members of the armed forces community.

'Norden’s memorial gardens are at the heart of the local community'

The event was one of many armed forces events planned through the year, as communities across the borough come together to mark the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One.

Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for the armed forces, said: “Norden’s memorial gardens are at the heart of the local community and this investment has really transformed their look and feel. The gardens are a special place, where people go to pause, reflect and remember. It was great to see so many people at such a lovely dedication service. Thanks to the council’s township staff for all their hard work on this project.”