Wirral’s latest blue plaque has been unveiled at Flaybrick Memorial Gardens in Birkenhead by the Mayor, Councillor Geoffrey Watt.
The plaque is in memory of the architects – Charles Lucy and Charles Littler – who designed the chapels inside the Memorial Gardens.
The ceremony also involved Peter Bolt of Conservation Areas Wirral (CAW). A number of the Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens were also present, along with members of the public.
Unveiling the plaque, Councillor Watt said:
“Thank you to the Friends of Flaybrick and to Conservation Areas Wirral for inviting me and the Mayoress to the Memorial Gardens for this ceremony. As Mayor of Wirral, I have the honour of unveiling this blue plaque here in Flaybrick, erected to celebrate the lives of the architects Charles Lucy, 1832 to 1871, and Charles Littler, 1832 to 1868.”
Peter Bolt of CAW said:
“Over the past three years, CAW has partnered Wirral Council to put in place a rolling programme of blue plaques, supported by the Wirral Heritage Fund. Altogether, including those in the pipeline, there will be about 13 blue plaques across Wirral and we are hoping to create a blue plaque trail that people can follow.”
The event coincided with Wirral Heritage Open Days 2018, Wirral’s biggest heritage event which, every year, aims to give visitors and residents alike the chance to enjoy a rich variety of architecture, landscape and history.
The Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens run guided walks around the gardens throughout the year. You can visit their Facebook page – facebook.com/friendsofflaybrick – and their website – flaybrick.org – for more information.
A group of volunteers also carry out work such as clearing shrubbery and overgrown areas and litter picks on the gardens on Thursdays and Saturday mornings from 10am until 12noon. Volunteers meet in the cafe at Tam O’Shanter’s Urban Farm from 9:30am. Do go along if you have some spare time and would like to get involved, or contact the group first if you have any questions.
By Rob Dolphin
Mayor of Wirral Councillor Geoffrey Watt with volunteers from the Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens