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Floral tribute to heroes of second world war

Published June 17, 2020 11.46am


The 75th anniversary year of Victory in Europe day is being celebrated in a new Durham City flower display.

Gilesgate flower bed 2020

Lee Pallister, Paul Pouton and Joe Pallister from our clean and green team

Every summer, we plant a decorative carpet bedding display in Gilesgate with a different theme and this year we have chosen to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedom in the second world war.

Low growing bedding plants with coloured leaves have been used to spell out the words VE DAY 75 YEARS on one of the main gateways into the city.

Normally, the carpet bed planting would involve the community, with help from pupils from nearby Gilesgate Primary School. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the planting on this occasion has been undertaken solely by staff from our clean and green team, in adherence with social distancing guidelines.

The display will remain in place for visitors to enjoy over the summer period, until late September.

Saying thank you

Oliver Sherratt, our head of environment, said: "Whilst we're disappointed to not be able to involve local school children, I'm delighted that we are able to mark this historical event in this special way. 

"Our Gilesgate flower display often reflects world, national and regional events, and it was an obvious choice this year to commemorate the seventy fifth anniversary of VE Day and honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation.

"The display is our way of saying thank you to those who gave so much, and will hopefully be enjoyed by those who live, work and visit Durham."

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