Volunteers need help with Blackpool garden next to poignant memorial to drowned heroes

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A friends group dedicated to the upkeep of a pretty sunken garden on Blackpool’s North Shore seafront has made a desperate plea for new members.

 

Volunteers from the Friends of Jubilee Gardens are desperate for new members to help with the gardens.  Pictured is June Lockett, George Williamson, Dana Gledhill and Ali. Photos: Dan Martino

Volunteers from the Friends of Jubilee Gardens are desperate for new members to help with the gardens. Pictured is June Lockett, George Williamson, Dana Gledhill and Ali. Photos: Dan Martino

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens meet up once a week to tidy the area, weed the flower beds and generally make sure it looks its best.

But sadly the Friends are now down to just four members.

And their struggles to keep Jubilee Gardens up to scratch are given extra poignancy as the park is right next to a monument (inset) paying tribute to policemen who drowned in 1983 while trying to rescue a man who had gone into the sea to save his dog.

The 999 memorial, which pays tribute to all emergency service workers but specifically the police officers lost in a tragic drowning incident off Gynn Square

The 999 memorial, which pays tribute to all emergency service workers but specifically the police officers lost in a tragic drowning incident off Gynn Square

PC Angela Bradley, 24, 23-year-old PC Gordon Connolly, and PC Colin Morrison, 38 died along with Scottish holidaymaker, 25-year-old Alistair Anthony, on January 5 1983,

Dana Gledhill, who played a key part in setting up the blue 999 monument in 2013 and who is a member of the Friends, said: “The park is so close to where the officers died at Gynn Square.

“It isn’t right to have a monument there asking people to ‘always remember’ their bravery and sacrifice and then let the gardens right next to it become derelict.

“It is very difficult terrain because it is exposed to salt from the sea.

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens at work in the North Shore park

The Friends of Jubilee Gardens at work in the North Shore park

“But it is very rewarding.”

Jubilee Gardens first opened in 1914.

She added: “It isn’t necessary for any new members to come every week, any help we can get, even if it’s just once a month, would make a difference.”

Anyone interested in helping out can phone Dana on 07734328987.

Volunteer June Locket is busy at Jubilee Gardens

Volunteer June Locket is busy at Jubilee Gardens

The wrought iron gates of Jubilee Gardens in North Shore, where the dedicated Friends group are looking for more volunteers to join them

The wrought iron gates of Jubilee Gardens in North Shore, where the dedicated Friends group are looking for more volunteers to join them