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Old Mar 01, 2003, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default Henley-on-Thames Memorial Garden

Finally a decision has been made according to the Henley Standard


HENLEY town councillors finally put an end to the argument surrounding George Harrison’s memorial garden — on his birthday.

They decided to rename Red Lion lawn by Henley Bridge the George Harrison Garden and to redesign it as a memorial to him.

The decision comes after months of deliberations and heated rows about where the garden should go.

And only this month the notorious Red Lion Lawn was vandalised again, with graffiti sprayed on the walls, and bricks removed from the paving.

Cllr. Lorraine Hillier told the town council’s meeting on Tuesday: “I think it is shameful we are debating this. We decided we would ask Mrs. Harrison and her family and then we would make a formal decision.

“Mrs. Harrison has already said she will give her assistance with the budget for this.

“It is actually very peaceful down there. It fits all the criteria.”

Cllr. Jonathan Barter said: “We did receive a letter from Olivia Harrison expressing a concern about having the garden opposite Friar Park. I sympathise with her concern that it would become a place of pilgrimage.

“The point she made is that she did not wish to be reminded of George’s absence. What I understand her to mean is his death.

“When we have such a memorial area it does tend to have the air of a crematorium.

“George’s last wish was for peace.”

And Cllr. Barry Wood agreed: “All this is disrespectful to his memory.”

Cllr. Mike Owen said: “It would be fitting to agree this on a date that some say was his birthday.

“We are going to look very foolish and uncaring if we go against the wishes of Olivia Harrison.”

The council agreed to accept Mrs. Harrison’s offer of help with the funding and design of the memorial garden.

Here is a link to a picture gallery of Henley; if you go to the next picture you see an old one of Friar Park.
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Old Mar 02, 2003, 02:33 AM   #2
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George would like that. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old Mar 02, 2003, 05:11 AM   #3
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To even consider having it opposite Friar Park, 'amateur hour' all around.
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Old Mar 02, 2003, 07:49 AM   #4
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This is great will be nice to visit this garden someday when it comes together.
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Old Mar 02, 2003, 07:55 AM   #5
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A garden is a very apt tribute to George. Very a propos and lovely in the symbolism -- "your love is forever" - a garden represents eternity in the wonder of nature.

And George appreciated that very idea.
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Old Mar 02, 2003, 12:59 PM   #6
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Better than Friar Park!It would indeed have been ridiculous to place one outside Friar Park! Where were these people's brains?

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