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Rossendale cancer victim Ella Stringer to be honoured at park
YOUNG cancer victim Ella Stringer is to be honoured days before the opening of a new play area in a Rossendale park.
The £120,000 scheme in Haslingden’s Victoria Park will lie just beside the ‘Ella Stringer Orchard’, a plant display laid in memory of the tragic Broadway Primary School pupil, who lost her battlewith rhabdoid sarcoma last August aged five.
A plaque in Ella’s memory will be unveiled today by former Mayor of Rossendale Councillor Gladys Sandiford before the official launch of the playground on Sunday.
The Friends of Victoria Park group, which has spearheaded the campaign for the play area, has organised a family fun day to coincide with the opening and the annual Picnic In the Park event on July 1.
Consultation on the project, which was funded by Rossendale Borough Council and the National Lottery Awards for All, began almost two years ago and developers Wicksteed completed work last week.
Friends’ group chairman Rob Moss expressed his delight as the completion of the work.
He said: “It's been a long and arduous process, particularly getting the job finished off. I don't think the contractors believed us when we told them about the Rossendale weather!
“Work was delayed for about three months while they sorted out the drainage, but we're finally there, and we're chuffed with the way our park is now shaping up.”
“We decided that, instead of the usual approach of telling the suppliers what we wanted, we should ask them what they are able to provide for the money and we've ended up with one of the best play areas in the region. We’re delighted.”
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