We ought to make more use of memorial garden

LITTLE USED: The Kaye Memorial Garden at the bottom of Summer Hill, Douglas. PHOTO: Mike Proudfoot MP120410 (9).

LITTLE USED: The Kaye Memorial Garden at the bottom of Summer Hill, Douglas. PHOTO: Mike Proudfoot MP120410 (9).

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MORE should be made of a little-used garden on Douglas seafront, the chairman of the town council’s leisure services committee has said.

Stephen Pitts said the committee was looking at options to enhance the Alderman Kaye Memorial Garden with more flowers and the possible introduction of a cafe with tables and chairs.

The garden, which houses memorial stones from the Summerland fire, was built at the northern end of the promenades, near the bottom of Summer Hill, in the 1950s using money bequeathed by S. J. Kaye in memory of his parents and grandparents.

The bequest to the council comprised two farms, three cottages and 112 acres of land at Cooil. The property was sold to the sitting tenants in 1954 and some of the £6,800 proceeds were used to create the memorial garden.

Mr Pitts said the committee was considering all options, including whether a kiosk or ice cream parlour would be suitable.

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