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Swynnerton Roses honoured with flowerbed and plaque

From left, Monica Chidlow, 85; Alice Heath, 95; Olive Skellern, 90; and Joan Key,  88

From left, Monica Chidlow, 85; Alice Heath, 95; Olive Skellern, 90; and Joan Key, 88

A plaque and flowerbed were officially unveiled in Stone today to honour the surviving Swynnerton Roses and those who are no longer with us.

The bed, which has been planted by Stone in Bloom members at Walton Community Centre, contains 12 rose plants, each supplied by David Austin Roses and individually sponsored by a member of the community.

The plaque, sponsored by George Beecham, was unveiled by Lady Jane Harrowby of Sandon Hall, recognising the bravery of the women who worked at the Old Royal Ordnance Munitions Factory in Swynnerton during the Second World War, particularly those who lost their lives. The flowerbed and plaque were blessed by Rev Ian Cardinal from St Michael’s Church.

Swynnerton Roses Monica Chidlow, Alice Heath, Olive Skellern and Joan Key attended the ceremony and also enjoyed a cream tea afterwards, kindly supplied by the Co-op on the High Street and Morrisons.

There are audio interviews with Alice and Monica here…

Lady Jane Harrowby unveils the plaque

Lady Jane Harrowby unveils the plaque

Swynnerton Roses (29) (1000x536)

Swynnerton Roses (24) (1000x669)

Monica Chidlow, left, and Alice Heath

Monica Chidlow, left, and Alice Heath

Swynnerton Roses (65) (1000x669)

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