Work progressing on town bankside memorial garden

A poster in the memorial garden on Brigg Riverside dedicated to the memory of Josh Parkin.
A poster in the memorial garden on Brigg Riverside dedicated to the memory of Josh Parkin.
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Work to create a memorial garden in memory of a 
teenage crash victim has seen the second phase recently completed.

This phase of work for the Brigg Community Memorial Garden included the installation of two benches, three poster boards and the autumn planting.

The garden was created on the banks of the River Ancholme over the summer by family and friends of Josh Parkin, a teenager from the town who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2010.

Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard said: “The project has received generous financial support from local businesses, community groups, and also from Safer Roads Humber.”

The council, Josh’s family and representatives of these groups met at the site when posters designed by Josh’s family were unveiled.

“The event was held to remind everyone of the reason for the garden and to publicise the message behind the posters which have been designed to provide a direct message to all members of the community, regarding the severe consequences that can result from poor decision making,” added Mrs Woollard.

“The intention is to then change the posters throughout the year, in order to constantly refresh that message.”

“The family made it clear they wanted the garden to be a reminder of the consequences of unsafe behaviour and attitudes, not only among teenagers but for anyone who may be tempted to take a risk that could lead to such a tragedy.”

Before its transformation, the site had been that of the old and long unused riverside toilets, which had become an eyesore and meeting place for young people.

A working party was held initially with the family and friends of Josh, to clear the site in readiness for landscaping and the site was then turfed by North Lincolnshire Council.

“We hope now that the whole community will come together to show and encourage respect for this area and for each other, so that new generations will learn from this tragedy, and also to ensure that anti-social behaviour and vandalism will not be tolerated at this beautiful location in Brigg,” said Mrs Woollard.