As a project for this year, the Seaton Delaval In Bloom group decided to adopt the small park at the top of Double Row in Seaton Delaval to create a memorial garden as part of the 100 years commemoration of the ending of hostilities in World War 1.
In support of this project, Seaton Valley Council purchased a ‘Tommy’ from the There but not There website, that has now been installed in the park as a lasting memorial to the fallen of Seaton Delaval.
The Memorial Park (the small parks official name) was the original location for the Cenotaph War Memorial that is now in Astley Park. The War Memorial was moved around 1965, to the current location, following the closure of the mine and church on Double Row.
The In Bloom group carried out a lot of hard work during the summer, transforming the existing flower beds and planting poppies that will flower each year. Along with the bedding, the group has added fountain planters, poppy sculptures and two new benches to allow people to sit and enjoy the small park.
Councillor Stephen Stanners, Chair of the Council and In Bloom group member said ‘I am so proud of the transformation of this lovely park. Installing the ‘Tommy’ will make this a lasting place of remembrance again and will be complimented by the poppies we have planted alongside the poppy sculptures. I would like this park to be known as ‘Poppy Park’ and have it as a place where people can sit and enjoy some relative peace and quiet and perhaps reflect on the sacrifices made by our ancestors ’
Pictured above is Councillor Stephen Stanners with the ‘Tommy’ in Poppy Park.