Garden of Reflection beats the vandals

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GARDEN OF REFLECTION BEATS THE VANDALS
EMOTIONAL: A handful of relatives see their late family members honoured for the first time on ‘the wall’. Photo credit: RTN

WITHIN days of potentially having seven months of hard work ruined, a group of residents based on Urbanisation La Marina fought back and have seen the fruits of their labours justified.

The Garden of Reflection suffered a major blow at the start of the month when vandals daubed graffiti across the white painted wall about to be used to mount plaques to remember friends and loved ones, and the surrounding garden saw other elements damaged and deliberately vandalised.

But thanks to some wonderful support from a dedicated team and the generosity of some local builders, the damage was made good and just six days after the remembrance plaques had been proudly placed on the wall for all to see, to reflect and to shed the smallest of tears.

The Garden of Reflection was the idea of local resident Debbie Alger who was inspired following the aftermath of the tragic bombing in Manchester this year.  “We organised a vigil on the Urbanisation and during the emotional moments of silence, it got me thinking that there is nowhere locally for some of us to remember the friends and families we’ve lost,” said Debbie.  “I realised that if I wanted to light a candle or place some flowers somewhere in memory of my lovely Dad, Wilf, on his birthday or Father’s Day, there was nowhere. I then had the idea of the Garden of Reflection.”

Debbie plans to have a formal opening of the Garden of Reflection soon and she also hopes to encourage other urbanisations and communities to take up her idea to allow others of all nationalities to have this permanent tribute to their loved ones, especially if there’s no existing memorial in Spain.

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