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Creative Covid memorial design winners announced

Six people have been chosen to make their mark in history after their designs were chosen to be etched onto Covid-19 memorials at crematoria all over the country.

Westerleigh Group announced last year it planned to create Covid-19 memorials at most of its sites in England, Scotland and Wales, and received hundreds of creative entries, choosing six winning designs, one for each region within the group.

Retired nurse Angela Moran-Sharpness, aged 70, was the South region winner, with a design which featured a pair of forget-me-nots with foliage. She said: “Nature was my inspiration and I thought flowers would be suitable and look good on a black granite background.”

Art graduate Camilla Fitzjohn, aged 52, will see her design on the memorial stones at several crematoria around London and the east of England.

Her image features a round white globe which represents the world, surrounded by a rainbow, with hands reaching up into the centre and releasing three birds of paradise.

Rachel Almond, a 39-year-old part-time teacher and part-time budding artist, was the north regional winner, also used forget-me-nots as the basis of her design, with simple edges and petals which would stand out and looked like stained-glass panels.

She said: ““I hope the design is meaningful and evokes emotion, not forgetting loved ones and acting as a symbol of remembrance, love and growth.”

Schoolgirl Faith Williams, aged 11, was the Welsh regional winner with her design which included the Welsh dragon, a rainbow and a heart.

She said: “I was inspired by all the good coming from this panic, like all the NHS and key workers who have been helping us all.”

Scotland winner Poppy Lunn, aged 12, also used some traditional imagery, drawing three thistles.

She said: “The middle one has a rainbow which represents the NHS and all they have done for us. The other thistles on each side are protecting the NHS, just like we have tried to do.”

The youngest winner was 10-year-old Somerset schoolboy Jake Insall, whose design will be appearing at several South West crematoria.

He said: “My design has a rainbow, clouds at the end of the rainbow, and two hands reaching through and over the rainbow, holding hands.”

Westerleigh Group hopes to install the Covid-19 memorials at all its sites during June and July, ready to open for the public to visit this summer.


Camilla Fitzjohn’s winning design, on the obelisk at Cromer Crematorium

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