Tuesday, 4 March 2008

A Memorial Garden - a sad recent history of Swindon

This little Memorial Garden was created in a shady corner of Queen's Park in memory of the many people who have died of what became known as 'Swindon Disease' - mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos which was used to build locomotives in the Swindon Railway Works during the first half of the 20th Century. The garden was opened on 8th April 2003 by Stan Pajak, the then mayor. In spite of its sad association it is a peaceful little place to sit for a few moments and reflect.

"But if the while I think of thee, dear friend
All losses are restored, and sorrows end"
William Shakespeare

The words on the plaque which is fixed to a sarsen stone in the Mesothelioma Memorial Garden.