It’s a rose garden by any other name

Mike Miller and ?? at the Dedication Ceremony

Mike Miller and ?? at the Dedication Ceremony

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Comedians Johnnie Casson and Mick Miller (right) cut the ribbon at the official opening of a rose garden dedicated to Blackpool hotelier and tireless charity fund raiser Pat Mancini MBE at the Princess Alexandra Home for the Blind, Bosworth Place, Squires Gate.

Kevin Winkley, chief executive of NVision, the trading name of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Society for the Blind, said the garden was a thank you for all the help Pat’s pet charity the Queendeans Association had given over the years.

“We wanted to show our respect with a small dedicated garden to thank Pat and the association’s volunteer force,” he said and particularly thanked the help given in organising the event and the garden by Margaret Gough, Mary Richardon and Darren Yates.

Centre piece of the garden is the Patricia Mancini MBE rose, a flower dedicated to Pat by friends and fellow Queendeans members which is now being used as an additional fund raiser by the charity which collects solely for local causes.

“The charity has been operating from the Queens Hotel at South Shore for over 60 years and with Pat as chairperson it has gone from strength to strength,” said a Queendeans spokesman.

“This is something I never expected and it is a great honour to have a garden like this dedicated to me,” said Pat. “It is especially wonderful that it is at the Princess Alexandra Home for the Blind which does so much good work and which we have supported for so long.”