Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Mayor wants memorial garden for Beatle

THE Mayor of Henley has proposed a memorial garden for George Harrison.

THE Mayor of Henley has proposed a memorial garden for George Harrison.

Councillor Lorraine Hillier suggested using the green triangle of land in Bell Street, which developer Chesterton Commercial has offered to the town council free of charge if it agrees to maintain it.

Speaking at a meeting of the council’s town and community committee, she said: “I would like to propose that the triangle is dedicated for a George Harrison memorial garden. We could plant a silver birch tree to tackle the pollution issues there.”

Deputy Mayor Julian Brookes agreed, saying: “We don’t have any memorials in the town for George Harrison, who lived here for 30 years. Perhaps he should be recognised.”

Councillor Ian Reissmann said: “I suggest that we agree in principle to approach the family to see whether they welcome it and whether they would work with us to improve that area and restore what is one of the most beautiful parts of the town.”

The former Beatles guitarist moved to Friar Park in the Seventies. A memorial was first mooted in 2001 following his death but the idea of a statue did not appeal to his widow, Olivia.

In 2012, a petition was launched to erect a statue which gained hundreds of signatures.

Mrs Harrison wrote to the Henley Standard, saying: “A more appropriate way of honouring his memory in Henley would be to support a community project.” This led to the Music on the Meadows festival for young musicians.

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