THE planned opening of a remembrance garden in Alloa has been postponed until further notice.

Co-op Funeral Care was due to open the garden on Wednesday, September 16, as a tribute to those who passed away during the Covid-19 crisis in the town.

However, because of the new restrictions coming into place on Monday, they have decided to postpone the event until a better time in the future.

The garden is located at the front entrance to the funeral home, and the name of the Remembrance Wall was set to be unveiled at the opening.

Speaking to the Advertiser earlier this month, Arlene Graham, funeral arranger, said: "All of the staff at the home thought it would be a wonderful idea to renovate the outside area and to do so whilst paying tribute to those who have sadly passed away during Covid-19.

"Luckily for us, Paul Duffin, who is one of the home's Funeral Directors, offered to renovate the area and make our plans for a Remembrance Garden to come to fruition.

"It is clear that all of his hard work has paid off as it looks incredible and we are so proud to soon open a special place for family and friends to come and visit."

Arlene added: "As this is a communal garden for all, we thought it would be appropriate for our local community to be involved in naming the special area in the Remembrance Garden for those who passed away during Covid–19 so we are very much looking forward to seeing the suggestions ahead of the reveal at the grand opening in September.

"The past few months have been unbelievably difficult for many families across Clackmannanshire and beyond, so we hope that the Remembrance Garden will bring some happiness back into the community and for the years to come."