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5ft stone artwork sums up 'spirit of the Norfolk Broads'

PUBLISHED: 17:22 17 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:33 17 October 2019

Pictured at the dedication ceremony, L-R, Nick Hindle, stonemason, Rev Tracy Jessop, curate at St Mary’'s Wroxham, Barry Fiske, chairman of Wroxham Parish Council,  Rev Bruno Boldrini, Wroxham and Hoveton United Reform Church, Rev Liz Jump, Rector of Wroxham, and Father James Walsh, from St Helen’s RC Church, Hoveton. Picture: Wroxham Parish Council

Pictured at the dedication ceremony, L-R, Nick Hindle, stonemason, Rev Tracy Jessop, curate at St Mary''s Wroxham, Barry Fiske, chairman of Wroxham Parish Council, Rev Bruno Boldrini, Wroxham and Hoveton United Reform Church, Rev Liz Jump, Rector of Wroxham, and Father James Walsh, from St Helen's RC Church, Hoveton. Picture: Wroxham Parish Council

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Clergy from three Broadland churches gathered for a service of dedication as a new memorial garden was unveiled in a village cemetery.

The centrepiece of the Wroxham garden is a 5ft-high original stone artwork featuring a heron set in a Broadland scene.

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It was carved from a single piece of granite by Wroxham master mason and sculptor Nick Hindle and weighs more than half a tonne.

Mr Hindle, whose work is on display across the country, also created two granite benches as part of the design.

The garden marks the end of Wroxham Parish Council's first phase of improvement and expansion, with work to start next year on doubling the size of the cemetery.

Council chairman Barry Fiske said: "The memorial garden is a place where villagers can sit and remember their loved ones buried here. We wanted something that summed up the spirit of the Norfolk Broads."

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