Trinity Methodist Church creates beautiful floral memorial to Leighton Buzzard Covid-19 victims
A Leighton Buzzard church has created a beautiful floral memorial to pay tribute to the townsfolk who died during the pandemic.
Members and friends of Trinity Methodist Church have been busy knitting and crocheting flowers to cover its cross and honour those from Leighton Buzzard who lost their lives to Covid-19.
The memorial will remain in position until late June or July when, Covid 19 restrictions permitting, the church will be holding a memorial service for all those who have lost a loved one. This will be open to the whole community of Leighton Buzzard as an opportunity for everyone to come together and remember and celebrate the lives of those who died.
Catherine Roots, church steward, told the LBO: "We heard of another methodist church in Luton that had been putting up flowers each week, one per death. We decided that we wanted to acknowledge those lost over the past year in time for the anniversary and at the same time decorating the cross as a way to celebrate Easter.
"It has been a tradition of our church to have an annual service to celebrate the lives of those who have died in the previous 12 months to which all those who knew them were invited.
"Hopefully the flowers will dry in the sun and still look fresh, whereas real flowers would not last. Many of our members have been without things to do and it was hoped that this would be a focus for them for a while."
The church members began knitting and crocheting the flowers at the end of January, and were "absolutely delighted and pleased with the result".
Catherine added: "It has caused quite a talking point especially when we have been there adding flowers over the few days it took to assemble. Many have commented on what a lovely idea it is and how eye catching it is as you walk out of town."
The idea is to create a memorial each year to remember lost loved ones on March 23, the anniversary of the first UK national lockdown.
To find out more about Trinity Methodist Church, North Street, please visit: https://www.trinitylb.org.uk/