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Colourful Planting Tribute to Pandemic Heroes

By Published June 06, 2022

A colourful tribute is being planted in Middlesbrough in tribute to the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Friends of Linthorpe took over the raised bed on the corner of Roman Road and Green Lane in front of the former art college site last year and have started a five-year planting project on the site.

Local youngsters chose the name Hope & Heroes in tribute to the frontline workers such as council staff, police, Fire Brigade, carers, teachers, shop workers and posties who gave so much through the pandemic.

The name was chosen by Thomas who really loves fire engines.

Thomas’s mum Heather said: “Thomas is absolutely delighted to be part of this.

“He is thrilled that his suggestion was chosen to be used on the sign, in recognition of the important work of all key workers through the pandemic.

“There are lots of heroes out there, in many different guises, performing critical roles.”

Thomas said: “I feel really proud, and the sign looks brilliant. I thought the title was really nice.

“Thank you for choosing it.”

Linthorpe ward Councillor Philippa Storey said: “I am over the moon with the sign and the progress of the raised bed.

“We all clapped during lockdown for our NHS and key workers, it’s so important that their effort, sacrifice and dedication isn’t forgotten.”

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