Marhofn 196.11 - May 2009

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Joy McLinden and Pam Swales

On a cold, bright autumn day in November, we held a special ceremony at Ward's Stone, the highest Marilyn in Lancashire. We went with our brother Alan, to scatter the ashes of our late mother (Eunice Dawson), on both trig points of Ward's Stone. We had found the perfect place. Eunice was a lover of crosswords and anagrams, and would have quickly appreciated the extra significance of Ward's Stone - 'Dawson Rest'.

There were spectacular views of the surrounding countryside: Barrow-in-Furness to Grange-over-Sands, Arnside, Morecambe Bay, the Lake District, Forest of Bowland and the Pennines. All from one hill. As the sun set behind the trig point, Blackpool Tower was prominent, and in the far distance, past Southport, the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool was visible. All of these places held special family memories. It was a perfect day for Pam, Alan and Joy to say thank you and goodbye to a much-loved mum. She would have loved it.

Pam Swales on one of the summits of Ward's Stone

Pam Swales on one of the summits of Ward's Stone

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