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After mediocre success with books about Belfast City Cemetery and then Dundonald Cemetery, and with a book called ‘2020’ (20 graves in each of 20 selected local cemeteries) in the pipeline, I decided to spend a fair chunk of lockdown writing another book about a Cemetery! The Cemetery this time is Roselawn. Until fairly recently, I had only a passing interest in Roselawn (with the exception of the grave of my much-missed maternal grandparents) due to the relative ‘newness’ of the Cemetery, only opening in 1954. My daily lockdown exercise, when Roselawn was open (obviously, although I've climbed a fence to get in/out of a cemetery before!), consisted of walking round EVERY! headstone in the cemetery, photographing headstones of interest and then looking in to the story behind each for the purposes of a book, and I've discovered that there are many fascinating headstones with, I think, associated fascinating stories.
So, after wearing down the soles of my shoes, I've come up with ‘Roselawn 2021’, consisting of 20 themed trails, each trail detailing 21 headstones. The trails are:
World tour, Women only, Men only, Football clubs, Sports, Ministers, Military, Paramilitary (wish me luck getting sponsorship for this one!), World wars, Quirky (already sponsored), Groups & organisations, Accidents (already sponsored), Celtic cousins (already sponsored), Chinese community, Not from the parish, RUC, Titles (Sirs etc), Troubles victims (2 trails) & And finally (nice tributes - already sponsored).
As before, I'm asking victims - sorry, volunteers! - to donate £25 to sponsor a trail and, in return, each sponsor receives a signed (or unsigned if preferable!) copy of the book, and an invite to the (normally sold-out) launch event.
Go on, sponsor me - you know you want to - if I can walk round EVERY headstone in the Cemetery, you can put a few pounds my way!? Thanks
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Aug 25, 2020
Peter greetings from Northamptonshire. thanks for signing your Guide to Dundonald Cemetery for me and passing it to your David today, I look forward to reading it and your new project in due course.
Jul 24, 2020
Another fascinating (tome, or is that tomb).Keep up the good work Peter.
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