Tributes planned to mark Melton’s pandemic year

A year on from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a special tribute is to be paid to those people in the Melton borough who lost their lives.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:39 am
Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham EMN-210317-093557001

Latest figures, up to March 5, show that 110 people in the borough have died after testing positive for the virus.

And on Tuesday - 12 months after the first national lockdown - flags will fly at half-mast on the Melton Council offices on Parkside.

The building will also be lit up blue in the evening in honour of the work of the NHS and care workers throughout the pandemic.

The council also plans to create a memorial glade at Melton Country Park.

This will be planted next week and initially consist of 15 Amelanchier trees, which provide flowering in spring.

Additional planting of shrubs will complement the trees and two benches will also be installed, allowing visitors to sit in the space throughout the year.

Mayor of Melton, Councillor Malise Graham, said: “The country park memorial glade will be a quiet space, in a beautiful location, surrounded by a copse of trees planted in the shape of a rainbow.

“It will be a place of remembrance and reflection for those who tragically lost their lives and to honour and recognise the contribution and sacrifices made by keyworkers, volunteers and communities.”

Rev Kevin Ashby will be holding an online service from 6pm on Tuesday to remember all loved ones who have passed away over the last year.

Go to www.melton.leicester.anglican.org to follow a live stream of the service.