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Telling the story of Whaley's Memorial Park

As many people know, and the name suggests, the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge was created to commemorate the men of the town who lost their lives in the Great War - but what else do you know about this much-loved public open space?

A new booklet, out now, has all the answers!  'The Story of our Park' includes photographs, images and words which chart the stages of the site's development from the initial idea and realisation of the vision through to the Heritage Lottery Fund project to refurbish and restore the Park.

Emily Thrane, Executive Councillor for Operational Services at High Peak Borough Council, joined the Friends of the Memorial Park on site to launch the book.

She said: "To conclude the HLF project by telling the story of the Park from its' inception to the present day is a lovely way to remember and celebrate all those who have taken an interest in and cared for this prized local amenity.

"It's particularly fitting that the physical work was completed in 2014 - the centenary of the start of the First World War - and that this book has been published in 2018 when we will be marking 100 years since the end of the War.

"I would like to congratulate the Friends of the Memorial Park and the Council officers who have worked hard throughout the project, and continue to do so, to ensure it remains a public space that everyone can enjoy."

Since the completion of the restoration project the Park has been awarded a prestigious Green Flag for excellence for the last three years.

Chris Dudhill from the Friends of the Memorial Park added: "The Park has been a key feature of the town since it opened in 1920 and what is clear from the book is the value that local people have placed on it ever since.

"By working together we've shaped a Park that provides a range of leisure opportunities to suit all ages and we're delighted to have been a part of the Park's history as well as its future."

The booklet, which costs £5, will be available to buy from the Friends of the Memorial Park stall at Whaley Bridge FAB market on Saturday 14 April and Saturday 9 June and at the Party in the Park event in the Memorial Park on Saturday 4 August. Alternatively, email admin@whaleypark.co.uk to get your hands on a copy!