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Turf Moor Memorial Garden: Official Opening

Memorial garden to open this weekend

14 August 2018

After several years of planning, the Turf Moor Memorial Garden will finally be officially opened to the public on Sunday during a short ceremony.

Taking place at 11am, ahead of the Watford game, the Mayor of Burnley, Cllr Charlie Briggs, will be cutting the ribbon at a ceremony attended by former manager Frank Casper and current Directors Clive Holt & Barry Kilby, 

During the service, the ashes of former Club Chairman Frank Teasdale & Clarets legend Peter Noble will be the first to be scattered.

The garden, located behind the Jimmy Mcllroy stand, was the brainchild of Clarets fan and current Mayor’s consort, Pete Briggs.

Pete explained: “The idea was to create a place of remembrance, not only the football club but the history of the town and its people, so we formed a community interest company to take the project forward.”

The former Burnley Council-owned park was developed by Sustainable Projects Ltd following fundraising over the last few years, culminating in Burnley Football Club donating £30,000.

Memorial Wall Plaques have started to be erected, with one for former Chairman, Frank Teasdale, already in situ.

Veronica Simpson, secretary of the Turf Moor Memorial Garden, explained: “Frank’s ashes have been securely stored at Turf Moor since he sadly passed away two years ago, with the intention of waiting until the memorial garden was completed.

"It’s fitting that he, along with Peter, should be some of the first to be remembered in the Memorial Garden.”

Pete added: “We hope everyone respects the memorial garden now that phase one has been completed and we intend to add and improve as our fundraising continues.

"We’d like to thank Burnley Football Club and Sustainable Projects for their continued support.”

Anyone interested in donating or purchasing a Memorial Wall Plaque can do so via www.turfmoormemorialgarden.com


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