At the head of Loch Sheil in Scotland, the small village of Glenfinnan is popular with visitors for two reasons. The Glenfinnan Monument, erected in the 19th century, commemorates the Jacobite raising of the standard on 19 August 1745 as Bonnie Prince Charlie made his bid for the British throne. I was here to remember this historic moment but it seems that many people visit this area to make more modern connections. The Glenfinnan viaduct spans 1,000 feet and is 100 feet high and, thanks to Harry Potter films, is a popular attraction, particular when the steam trains are running.
At the base of the Glenfinnan Monument
We were lucky to be here on a glorious sunny spring day when undoubtedly Scotland is the most beautiful place in the world to be. While we waited our turn to climb the steep narrow stone staircase to the top of the tower for the wonderful view over Loch Sheil I browsed along the memorial plaques on the benches around the base of the monument.
For These Are My Mountains And I Am Come Home In Loving Memory WILLISON P GIBSON 1932-1999 & Catherine Gibson 1934-2008 Until The Twelfth Of Never We Will Still Be Loving You
These two memorial plaques on one bench to Willison P and Catherine Gibson caught my eye for their poetic story of a loving couple. Willison P Gibson died in 1999 many years before Catherine and the plaque his family left for him conjures up a picture of a man who loved these mountains and called them home. Catherine Gibson died in Livingston in 2008 aged 74-years. They both left behind a loving family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will always have a link with this beautiful place.
Even after many years of stopping to read the plaques on memorial benches, finding a memorial bench in a supermarket was a first for me. We lived in Preston in Lancashire for many years and these days the Sainsbury’s store in Bamber Bridge south of Preston is often a convenient place to shop on our way home. Walking across the car park I noticed a new addition to the supermarket. There is now a memorial bench at the front of the shop looking over the car park.
This Seat Is In Memory Of Jean Freeman Sadly Missed
The plaque on the bench gives me no clues about when Jean Freeman died and I can only guess that she worked in the Sainsbury’s shop. I assume this memorial bench is a lovely gesture by her former colleagues and that reflects well on the supermarket but I might be wrong.
Sainsbury’s supermarket at Bamber Bridge near Preston
It was a glorious clear day last time we climbed up Rivington Pike. We could see as far as Blackpool Tower and the Bowland Fells in the north. It was some years since we have walked up to this fantastic view point and the paths have been improved recently. To reach Rivington Pike you can walk through Rivington Terraced Gardens, 45 acres of hillside garden created for William Hesketh Lever of Lever Brothers, now Unilever, in the early 20th century. Explore the many paths over the hillside and you will find the Japanese Gardens, the Pigeon Tower and an ornate stone bridge. After the greenery of the gardens you emerge on to the moorland of Rivington Moor. The tower on Rivington Pike is a local landmark that we always head for on our walks here and look out for as we drive up the M61.
Jim Evans is remembered on two benches overlooking this splendid view. He was clearly a man who was loved by his family and both they and his colleagues and friends wanted to remember him with a memorial bench. The benches overlook the gardens and the chain of Rivington Reservoirs built in the 19th century to supply water to Liverpool.
In Memory of my Husband Jim Evans (dearest pa to our girls) Who died age 58yrs on 28th May 2014 Jim loved the outdoors and he enjoyed this view many times! We miss you more as each day passes. Love Sandra, Lauren, Charlotte xxx
Only 58-years-old when he died, Jim Evans is remembered on one bench from his family and another from his work mates at Flowtechnology UK. This company distributes hydraulic and pneumatic products from their centre in Skelmersdale.
In Memory of James Edward Evans (Jim) 16.11.1955 – 28.05.2014 Sadly missed by friends and colleagues at Flowtechnology UK Jim loved his walks around “Rivvy” and the local tea shops.
Plans are now afoot to restore Rivington’s Terraced Gardens with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, United Utilities and others. This will continue to be a much-loved place to visit for Lancashire folk.