Rose is ready to bloom in the city

Unveiling of the Armistice Day column of the MK Rose by Mayor Alan Richards in Campbell Park
Unveiling of the Armistice Day column of the MK Rose by Mayor Alan Richards in Campbell Park

The MK Rose is preparing for a groundbreaking ceremony with 26 commemorative pillars set to be unveiled next week.

Dates special to Milton Keynes, including Concrete Cow Inauguration Day and the day MK was designated as a ‘new town’ are just two already agreed to feature as part of the monument.

However, it is hoped a further 34 will be added before the ceremony which at Campbell Park on Tuesday.

Gavin Anderson, one of the founding trustees of the Cenotaph Trust behind the MK Rose, said: “The selection process was never designed to tick boxes.

“Each date has gone through the same rigour and the main criteria has been applied. Has it affected or impacted on the development of Milton Keynes or its people?”

Each date suggested by members of the public is submitted to the ‘pillar panel’ chaired by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher.

The panel includes a trustee of the Parks Trust, city historians, Gordon Young, the artist behind the sculpture, and Councillor Debbie Brock.

She said: “The ground-breaking ceremony means that MK Rose is finally a reality and we are thrilled to have reached this important stage.”

People are still able to make their suggestions by approaching any of the members or by visiting www.mkrose.co.uk.

So far pillars noting dates for Toddle Waddle Day, St George’s Day, Holocaust Memorial Day and International Joke Day will feature as fpart of MK Rose .