Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Knew Mum Loved It Here.Now It's Set in Stone

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Knew Mum Loved It Here.Now It's Set in Stone

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter barbara.hodgson@ncjmedia.co.uk

AFAMILY has paid special tribute to a much-missed wife and mother with the creation of a stone memorial in the grounds of Cragside in Northumberland.

Shirley Scouler loved to see the famous rhododendron display at the former home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong.

And when she died at the age of just 57, her grieving relatives hit upon the idea of making a bequest to the National Trust property which has resulted in the creation of a unique set of waymarkers to mark one of her favourite spots.

Mrs Scouler's husband Rodney, 62, and sons Jonathan, 38, and 35-yearold Matthew, are delighted with the work of carver Pip Hall who has engraved five inspiring quotes from Lord Armstrong's speeches into stones from the estate's quarry, which were left unused from the building of the house.

They now make up a Visions of Science Trail which the family have walked in Mrs Scouler's memory.

Jonathan said: "The stone carvings are fantastic and they are in a really beautiful place.

"Mum would have approved of what we have done. Cragside held a special place in her heart."

Mrs Scouler, from Kingston Park, Newcastle, died from a degenerative neurological condition in 2011.

Jonathan, who has a seven-month old daughter, Fearne, added: "Mum loved Cragside and, growing up, we spent a lot of happy days there picnicking and exploring.

"She especially loved the rhododendrons when they were in bloom. "We wanted the money to fund something that everyone could enjoy but that at the same time would be a lasting tribute to mum. …

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