Rose never just for war heroes

Launch of MK Rose at the Pavillion, Campbell Park. L-R: Debbie Brock, David Foster, Gordon Young, Mike Berry, Gavin Anderson, John Moffoot.
Launch of MK Rose at the Pavillion, Campbell Park. L-R: Debbie Brock, David Foster, Gordon Young, Mike Berry, Gavin Anderson, John Moffoot.

THE newest monument in the city of sculptures will feature 140 great moments in history.

And it will be up to the people of Milton Keynes to decide what should feature on it.

Plans for The Rose were formally announced last Friday. The memorial, due to built in Campbell Park, will consist of 140 columns, each commemorating a moment in history.

The only one to be decided is Armistice Day, and this first column will be unveiled at a ceremony on November 11.

Despite criticism that backers, The Cenotaph Trust, betrayed an original idea of a war memorial, one of the men behind the project Gavin Anderson said it was always meant to be an all inclusive memorial.

He said: “I had a conversation about how people laid flowers at Marks & Spencer for the Queen Mother. It was similar when Lady Diana died.

“There are war memorials in places like Bletchley and Newport Pagnell, but no place for everybody.”

He said The Rose would be somewhere where people could both celebrate and commemorate.

> What do you think? We want to know what you would like to see featured on The Rose. Email your ideas to craig.lewis@jpress.co.uk or call 01908 651241