Burma Star garden set for dedication

The Burma Star Garden
The Burma Star Garden
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A service will take place on Saturday to mark the creation of a special garden to commemorate the Burma Star Association in Blackpool.

Anyone who holds the Burma Star medal is invited to the event which starts at 1.30pm at the garden at the Fylde Arboretum in Moor Park Avenue, Bispham.

The Burma Star Association has a long history in Blackpool, having held reunion weekends in the resort for 22 years until 2008.

Since then the branch has been forced to close down due to dwindling numbers, but organisers decided to ensure there was a lasting memorial by creating the Burma Star Garden.

It includes a stone monument bearing the words of the Kohima Epitaph, and a piece of railway symbolic of the infamous Burma Railway.

Later this year, it is hoped to add a scale replica of the Changi Gate.

Liz Clayton, of the Burma Star Association, said; “The invitation to Saturday’s service is to any Burma Star people who are not actual members of the Burma Star Blackpool Association. But we extend a warm welcome to all of them on this special occasion.

“The garden is part of the new and burgeoning Blackpool and Fylde Arboretum, and has been made possible by the use of association money, and generous donations, large and small, which are still being gratefully received.

“The actual building and planting of the garden has been achieved by the dedication of a small group of volunteers.”