Importance of victory grows as years pass
WHEN the modern history of Bristol is written the story of the people who saved Arnos Vale cemetery will be a crucial part of it. For theirs is one of the most remarkable examples of people power seen in this city.
And as the years go by, rather than it diminishing its significance grows.
In fact, looking back 25 years it is quite astonishing that this group of people came together, fought and won the battle to save the cemetery.
Joyce Smith and her late husband, Richard, together with Arthur Usher were at the forefront giving literally thousands of hours of their time to the cause.
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They won the trust, the respect, the enthusiasm and the support from people of all different backgrounds from all over the world.
And over the years what began as the seemingly impossible became achievable.
Their campaign is an example of patience and persistence. One where so much work was done behind the scenes to bring about the right outcome.
Thanks to them Arnos Vale was not only saved but has since been restored and given a completely new lease of life.
But had they not fought it could have been lost forever.