Heanor - Memorial Park
w/e 23 April 2006
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Memorial Park Gates

Driving to and from Heanor, I have often passed these impressive gates to the Memorial Park but until this week had never before passed through them. Beyond I had always imagined a small plot of land and a few flower beds such as could be seen from the road but I was in for a surprise when I finally did enter the park. The crest above the gates is inscribed 'Memorial Park 1950'.


I am indebted to Rachel, a friend who recommended a visit to the park to me when I was talking to her a little while ago. Rachel used to work in Heanor and told me she spent many of her lunch breaks enjoying the park. Sadly Rachel is now registered as being blind and has very poor eyesight but I'm sure even she, with her limited vision would appreciate the beauty of the blossom and newly formed leaves on the tree just inside the entrance.
Memorial Stone

Memorial PlaqueAlso near the entrance and seen here looking back towards the blossoming tree and the gates is the first of the memorials in the park. It is a simple stone monument and as the plaque on it says, it was 'Erected by Amber Valley District Council as a tribute to all military and civilian personnel of the British forces killed and injured in the service of their country, and to show appreciation for the bravery of those involved. August 1982.' Unlike many war memorials this one carries no names of the fallen but an additional plaque has been added to the bottom of the original one and states simply 'Falklands Conflict'.
Flower Beds

After the memorial stone come the expected formal flower beds. This display is a mirror image of similar beds on the other side of the path although the 'Christmas Tree' is an optional extra on this side of the path only.

Just beyond the said 'Christmas Tree' the colourful shrubbery and grey skies give an autumnal feel to this image but I can assure you all the images were taken in April. The weather forecast for the day had been sunny intervals but early rain gave way to a damp late morning and the air was heavy with moisture. The sun did not break through until the late afternoon by which time I was back at home.
War Memorial

All the paths in the park seem to lead to the main memorial which honours 'The men of the Heanor Urban District who fell in the Great War 1939 - 1945.' I always thought that the term 'Great War' referred to the First World War of 1914 - 1918 but this memorial lists the names of local people from Heanor, Loscoe and Aldercar who died during World War Two.

I had already been surprised by how far the park stretched from the road and I was in for another surprise when it went even further with the ground dipping into a hollow to reveal a small pond. A path continued beyond the pond but lunch was calling so I decided to leave further exploration for another day and hopefully some sunnier conditions when I'm sure the views will be even more pleasing.

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