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Step back in time to mark cemetery’s 170th anniversary

Published on Monday, June 10, 2019

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TWO major anniversaries are set to be marked at a special summer celebration event at Welford Road Cemetery this weekend.

The Friends of Welford Road Cemetery has organised the event to mark its 20th year and the 170th anniversary of the cemetery itself, which opened in 1849.

Visitors will have the chance to find out more about the history of the cemetery, enjoy live music from Oddfellow Brass and step back in time to the Victorian era in the ‘Time Travel Treatment Room’ performed by the Enter Edem theatre company.

The event takes place on Sunday (16 Jun) from 2pm until 5pm.

Tickets cost £10 (£5 for children) and can be booked in advance from by searching for Welford Road Cemetery Summer Celebration.

Refreshments will be provided as part of the ticket price.

There is no parking on site. Anyone driving to the event is advised to use nearby car parking at Victoria Park or the Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road.

Profits from the event will support the Lord Mayor’s Appeal which this year is helping raise money for two charities – the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) and The Air Ambulance Service.

The Friends of Welford Road Cemetery are one of the oldest established ‘Friends’ group in the city. Founded in 1999, it was set up to help and encourage people to visit the beautiful and historic cemetery. Its members staff the cemetery visitor centre, help visitors research family history and hold regular events, including the cemetery’s annual commemorations of ANZAC day and Armistice Day.

For more information about the group visit