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Newcastle unveil memorial garden to tragic flight MH17 pair

MEMORIAL GARDEN ... the families of tragic Newcastle United  supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney at the opening, with club ambassador Bob Moncur and chaplain, the Rev Glyn Evans.

MEMORIAL GARDEN ... the families of tragic Newcastle United supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney at the opening, with club ambassador Bob Moncur and chaplain, the Rev Glyn Evans.

NEWCASTLE United today unveiled a permanent memorial to supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster.

The Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden, which has been constructed in front of reception in the main Milburn Stand at the club’s St James’s Park home, will stand as a lasting tribute to John, Liam and all other fans who have sadly passed away.

Club officials, including ambassador and former captain Bob Moncur, were joined by John and Liam’s families for a private ceremony this morning.

A blessing of the memorial garden was carried out by club chaplain, the Reverend Canon Glyn Evans.

John and Liam were on their way to watch the team’s pre-season fixtures in New Zealand when they tragically lost their lives.

The two, who were well known to many of the club’s staff, players and supporters, were remembered at United’s first home fixture of the season against Manchester City.

Wreathes were laid by their families, captains Fabricio Coloccini and Vincent Kompany and representatives of Sunderland AFC prior to a minute’s silence.

As well as forming a focal point for remembrance, families and friends of supporters who have passed away will also be able to lay flowers and spread ashes at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden.

Appointments can be made by calling the club’s operations team on 201 8558.

 

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