Salford’s Agecroft Cemetery, opened in 1903 and was originally called the Northern Cemetery. The cemetery was created due to concern that Weaste Cemetery would soon be at capacity. The cemetery is on the banks of the river Irwell and an embankment was included in the design to prevent flooding. A more comprehensive history of the cemetery can be found here.
We last visited around Christmas when many of the graves at Agecroft Cemetery are brightened with flowers, candles, Christmas cards and other small gifts. I always like to walk and take a look around Salford’s cemeteries at this time of year, you get a real sense of a community that remembers.
There are many memorial benches at Agecroft Cemetery but this particular one caught my eye because of the sentiment on the plaque, the family are keeping memories alive and tell us ‘You are not forgotten’ because they reminisce ‘And speak of you often.’
Kelly and Ronnie Williams are reunited on this bench. I was intrigued by the words, ‘The Warhorse.’ Presumably this is a nickname and suggests someone with a strong character, someone with a long experience of battling through life, working hard to the end and succeeding.