Princess Diana's sister to open road crash memorial
The Princess of Wales' sister is to declare open a memorial in Boston's Westgate Woods to all of Lincolnshire's road crash victims. Lady Diana died after a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, who lives in the county, will open the memorial area in a poignant ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, April 21, after a two-year fundraising campaign by a group of volunteers.
Lady Sarah replied to her written invitation to open the memorial saying she would be "delighted".
It will be a day of celebration of the lives of those remembered and not at all sad or mournful. She is planning music and refreshments for invited guests and supporters.
Lady Sarah will cut a ribbon to make public a memorial stone being crafted by sculptor James Sutton.
It will signal an end to the £45,000 fundraising campaign to provide a path through the woods to the memorial space so that anyone can access it. Wild flowers inside an avenue of lime trees will border the pathway, which will have a stone finish in keeping with the natural look of the woodland area.
A wet oak shelter is to be constructed to one side of the path for quiet reflection and to remember all those who have died in tragic circumstance on county roads. The Lakeland green slate memorial, suitably engraved with a dedication and symbolic footsteps, will be laid into the path.
Boston Woods Trust, which owns and manages the woodland on the outskirts of Boston, made the area available, alongside one of the avenues which all point towards Boston Stump in the distance.
The Trust successfully bid for a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Grant to help pay towards the cost of the path, with the memorial committee adding its contribution. There have been many generous private donations and fundraising events organised by the committee
Campaign organiser Anne Bourne, of Boston, lost her daughter in a horrendous crash in which four people died and five children were left without their mothers. Her other daughter was seriously injured. She said: "It has been a long, hard slog and I couldn't have done it without all the support I have had from group members. We have been bowled over by the generosity we have received from those who have made donations and supported the fundraising events. We are all very grateful."
You can still make a donation by paying in to the Louise and Sarah Memorial Fund at Lloyds Bank, account number 01303486, sort code 30-91-04.
Anne also wants to hear from anyone who could lend a PA system for the unveiling and camping stoves for hot refreshments. Contact Anne on 01205 367892.
The campaign has been supported by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership and Churches Together In All Lincolnshire.