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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 31st March, 2024)

COVID Garden

COVID Garden
The COVID Memorial Garden, now under construction on the old Grammar School Cricket Ground, Wigan.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-HX99)
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Comment by: Michael Gormally on 31st March 2024 at 04:41

Covid memorial? What is the point? Frankly, I'd rather forget that awful time.

Surely the Council can find something better to spend public money on.

Comment by: Garry on 31st March 2024 at 05:53

Very nice, plants, trees and birds are all bursting in to life.
I've just set all my clocks forward one hour.
Happy Easter Sunday.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 31st March 2024 at 06:23

Something our generation won’t forget Dennis,will be worth a visit when completed only good thing about COVID you were much safer riding a bike was like ghost towns.

Comment by: PeterP on 31st March 2024 at 06:33

So sad that we have to remember people who died due to a modern disease in this way. Lets hope it brings solace to the families who lost loved ones to this dreadful disease.

Comment by: Shevy man on 31st March 2024 at 07:26

Well corvids over now thankfully,
Grass needs cutting though.
We have one of these memorial gardens in Shevington, it's well cared for and neat. Credit to the people who look after it.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 31st March 2024 at 08:31

Took me a moment to get my bearings there but got it now. I have cut through there a couple of times and it seems a peaceful enough spot. Let's hope those young trees are left alone to grow. It will be nice if they plant some daffodil bulbs for next year.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 31st March 2024 at 08:47

It will be interesting to see when finished.
My concern is that hidden away, it will be a gathering place for undesirables and vandals.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2024 at 10:03

There must have been a call for it. So many people died. I hope there’s no damage done.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2024 at 10:19

Colin I noticed your 29th Feb photo has been lifted by the Jolly ‘Swagman’ .

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 31st March 2024 at 10:26

Michael, it’s funded by the Government and it’s about the people who risked their lives caring for the sick as well has those who died.
You can forget the time Michael, but it’s not so easy to forget the 250,000 who died.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 31st March 2024 at 10:30

I walked down there a few months ago and there was a tent pitched behind the properties on Mesnes Road, in the park. There were 2 lads and a girl taunting whoever was inside the tent in broad daylight. I told them to do one, which eventually they did. I wondered if it was the lady who was resident at Wigan Infirmary ? Nice though it is, I think it may attract the wrong sort of people.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 31st March 2024 at 12:54

Shevy Man - The display in Shevington is always exceptional, well maintained and looked after by the volunteers.
I believe that for their efforts over the years, some were once invited to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party as a thankyou, and well deserved to. Long may it continue.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 31st March 2024 at 12:57

Veronica, Thanks for that notification, whoever it is, is not worth bothering about.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 31st March 2024 at 13:05

I put a post up earlier advising that there is a web site showing the plans for the Memorial Garden but it didn't appear.
I am sure we all knew somebody or of somebody who lost their lives in that terrible pandemic, I certainly did. I never went out the house for six months and fortunatley never caught it.
I think it a Memorial is quite fitting, just hope it is maintained.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 31st March 2024 at 13:43

Colin, My Wife and I are convinced we caught COVID in October 2019 when it didn't have a name. We had been to Edinburgh for a weekend break and upon return, came down with what we thought was a very nasty bout of flu. It flattened my Wife for 5 weeks, me for 3. It was only when we got to Christmas and New Year and all the news came out of the virus and the symptoms that we knew we'd had it. It wasn't very nice.

Comment by: Veronica on 31st March 2024 at 13:59

Standisher it was the same with me with flu like symptoms in the December before it all came out. Luckily not happened since. I am convinced it was Covid looking back.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 31st March 2024 at 14:35

I think Michael is right in a way , we have to move on. Nobody is going to forget how shocking those 2yrs were.....but wars tend to last longer, thousands die but people are glad when fighting & death is over & they want to look to the future..
I don't think Covid was classed as a disease....it was a virus & was believed to have been let loose in China.

Comment by: Pru on 31st March 2024 at 17:00

Covid isn't over and it hasn't gone away. If you think it has, then more fool you.

Comment by: Cyril on 31st March 2024 at 17:17

It is very nice and fitting as a memorial garden, just hope the vandals and nee'r do wells keep off it, and hopefully if they're left to mature those trees will look superb through the seasons.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 31st March 2024 at 17:48

Pru, you are right, the legacy is still with us hopefully in a milder form.
You still see people wearing masks perhaps because their immune systems are low.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 31st March 2024 at 19:00

I thought that bit of the old Mesnes Field they left was for public events to be staged on, like the beer festivals which are held in Marquees, I am all in favour of having a Covid Memorial, but it seems to be out of place there, as does the Youth Zone which takes up two thirds of the old Mesnes Field, I thought that the Youth Zone would look like an eyesore on the old Mesnes Field at the planning stage, I was of the same opinion when it was first built, and now all these years on from that I still think it looks like an out of place eyesore, although there again I think that having a Youth Zone is good idea, they just put it in the wrong place, along with that Covid Memorial Garden.

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