This Memorial Bench Stories blog and my Back On The Road Again blog are my current communications with the big wide world.
Back On The Road Again here tells about my travels in a blue campervan and my journey to financial independence and early retirement with some thoughts on being frugal. I also highlight surprising places from my ex-home city of Salford.
I am a walker, a cyclist and campervan owner who now lives in Morecambe and I appreciate and often stop to rest at memorial benches. I always read the inscription and think about the person who has inspired friends or family to commemorate them with a bench in this place. Good inscriptions always tell you something about the person and make me wonder about their story.
I started to take photographs of the benches in 2010; both the view and the commemorative plaque and eventually started putting these on to this blog.
Each bench tells a story of someone loved and remembered. These are not celebrities, they are you and me. I hope to find out some of the stories of the lives of the special people who are commemorated in these benches; either through my own research or by people getting in touch. In January 2020 this blog was featured in a BBC article, ‘A quiet reminder of people gone but not forgotten.’
My other blog is the story of my travels with my partner in our campervan until 2015, in particular our early 50s ‘gap’ year. You can find this here.
I have come across a couple of other blogs that are contributing to the recording of memorial benches:
In Memory Of … Memorial Bench dedications and views
Open Benches – provides gps information of almost 1,000 benches and anyone can add a bench to the list