Briercliffe plants a cherry tree to remember Covid victims

A memorial cherry tree has been planted at the corner of Duke Street in Harle Syke to remember local victims of the Covid pandemic.

Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 4:54 pm

Briercliffe’s borough councillors were joined by members of Briercliffe Parish Council and local people, including several who had lost family members to the virus and some who have recovered.

The ceremony was introduced by Coun. Anne Kelly, while Coun. Maggie Lishman read a poem by A E Housman.

The Rev. Stephen Large led a prayer and Roger Frost spoke for the parish council. Local people helped to plant the tree, including children and people who have been bereaved. They also planted daffodil bulbs around the base.

Coun. Kelly said: "It was a very moving occasion. We are pleased that there will be a place in Briercliffe to remember those who lost their lives to this dreadful virus. We are looking forward to seeing the tree bloom next year along with the spring daffodils."

This ceremony was part of Burnley’s programme to plant a memorial tree in each ward of the town.