An update on the building of the memorial garden at Burnley Football Club, by Peter Briggs, chair of the Turf Moor Memorial Garden Committee.
"The newly-formed Turf Moor Memorial Garden committee convened at Turf Moor last weekend.
"Committee members Peter Briggs, deputy Mayor of Burnley Charles Briggs, along with Veronica Simpson and Andy Devanney were joined on the board by two Burnley FC Directors, Clive Holt and Barry Kilby, to help to guide the Memorial Garden to completion.
Pic: Memorial Garden Committee Chairman Pete Briggs (centre) with club Pastor Barry Hunter, former Burnley player and manager Frank Casper and Mayor of Burnley, Cllr Howard Baker.
"At the meeting, Burnley Football Club pledged to support the Memorial Garden with a £30,000 donation, which is hoped will be met, pound for pound, with donations from Burnley FC supporters.
"The money will be spent on the building of Phase 1 of the Memorial Garden, which will start before the end of the season.
"The meeting also saw the land leased by Longside Properties to the newly-formed company, BFC Memorial Garden Co Community Interest Company, which was formed to oversee the development of the project.
"The board agreed the Articles of the Association and the Memorandum of Association of the BFC Memorial Garden Co.
"Turf Moor Memorial Garden wishes to place on record its thanks to outgoing committee members, Club Pastor Barry Hunter, club Historian Ray Simpson and club Ambassador Derek Scott, who have all helped to guide the project over the past three years.
"Also, an honourable mention is given to Geoff Salter, who worked as the Committee Treasurer.
"Thank you all very much for your support so far. We have come such a long way over the last three years and it wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s support and efforts.
"The steps taken over the weekend will preserve the Memorial Garden for years to come and safeguard all the plaques and monuments that will be placed in the garden for the foreseeable future."