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Works at garden get thumbs-up

Coun Nic Best at the new-look Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry in Morpeth.

Coun Nic Best at the new-look Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry in Morpeth.

Changes to the layout at a place for quiet reflection in Morpeth have been welcomed.

The Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry was affected by the flood-defence works in the area that have been carried out by the Environment Agency.

But the organisation undertook a refurbishment and two new benches for people to sit on have been provided – there are now four in total.

In addition, the memorial stone has been re-mounted.

The garden was created in 2001 to mark the 40th anniversary of Amnesty International.

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best said: “Although the total area of the garden is slightly smaller because of the flood walls, it’s very nicely laid out and it’s good that there is some additional seating.

“Everyone I’ve spoken to about it is happy with how it looks. The workers have done a decent job.”

The first event at the refurbished Peace Garden was a service to commemorate Hiroshima Day.

It involved readings and prayers, a minute’s silence and the laying of paper peace cranes. About 20 people attended despite the wet conditions.

Coun Best said: “It’s important to recognise that although the Great War was supposed to end all wars, it didn’t and the technology we have now means it’s easy to destroy ourselves, so we all need to be aware of this point.”

 

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