Community comes together for memorial

Arnside cemetery.
Arnside cemetery.

Arnside Parish Council will be hosting a multi-faith Dedication Service at Arnside Cemetery in Silverdale Road on Saturday May 2 at 2pm.

A headstone and memorial plaques dedicated to the children and babies buried in unmarked graves in Arnside Cemetery will be unveiled.

Parents, relatives and members of the community are invited to pay their respects and lay flowers at the memorials.

After 114 years the cemetery will have a lasting legacy to celebrate the lives of those who are buried in unmarked graves. The burials were carried out at the cemetery in Arnside between the early 1900s and the mid 1990s.

This was the usual practice in cemeteries with children’s burials until recently.

The Cemetery Custodian had been contacted by a number of people who have either a child or sibling buried in an unmarked grave.

Upon further investigation 42 unmarked children’s graves have been found in the cemetery. The generosity of local companies who have helped to provide this memorial has been overwhelming.

John Fishwick of Fishwicks Funeral Services has donated the main memorial which is being engraved and installed by Able Memorials.

The four wall mounted plaques have been donated by Monumental Masons Gordon Greaves, Tony Holmes and Parkin & Jackson.

Further donations of materials and labour have been given by Woodlands Garden Nurseries, G. L Sharpe & Sons, Natural Stone Supplies and Unimow.