On the first anniversary of her death, Holly Mumby-Croft MP and senior councillors announced what was Church Square will be renamed Queen Elizabeth Memorial Gardens. A plaque was unveiled, which will be installed on a stone in the gardens, and the council also plans to install a sculpture and commission a mural.
The urban space was closed and transformed by over £1m in Towns Fund cash, with questions over its value for money having previously been raised. It reopened shortly after the Queen died last year and became known as Town Gardens with new green features, benches and a fountain.
Last September, council leader Cllr Rob Waltham revealed plans to apply to rename it in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. It has taken a while to get permission, with the council having to go to the Cabinet Office for approval.
Cllr Waltham has indicated it needed to be signed-off at the highest level of state. A sculpture will be installed at the gardens, and the council will commission a mural too.
Scunthorpe’s MP Holly Mumby-Croft said: “I think we want to say today thank you for the service that Queen Elizabeth II gave to our nation and this is a wonderful way to do that. It’s been fantastic to work with our council leader to bring this about.” She looked forward to seeing more kids and families in the space and taking the time to remember the Queen.
“This is a lasting tribute to the late Queen’s exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to her people,” Cllr Rob Waltham said. He added: “I hope everyone who comes to the Queen Elizabeth Gardens, whether to enjoy one of the many events taking place here, to visit 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, or just for a relaxing stroll, takes a moment of quiet contemplation and gratitude for the late Queen’s unwavering service”.
The gardens hosted Scunthorpe’s first-ever Pride on the August bank holiday weekend.
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