Flower Memorial for Senior Victim of London Riots

Flower memorial in Ealing, East LondongA flower memorial has been started to commemorate Richard Mannington Bowes who was killed when trying to stamp out fires set by rioters in his neighbourhood.

Mr Bowes (68) is being hailed as a local hero for doing his part against the rioting in Ealing, East London.

Peter Firstbrook, 60, who fought through the violent mob to drag Mr Mannington Bowes to safety, is leading the campaign for a memorial to honour his bravery. He said: “Some people are asking to rename the alleyway (where he was found) in his name. I think it’s a nice idea. I would like to put a couple of large planters on each side of the road which will constantly live, something that grows 12 months of the year.”

Talking about his death, he added: “The man was a complete innocent. He was caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a completely pointless death. It’s a tragedy for him and his family and the whole of Ealing.

Ealing Council has set up the Richard Mannington Bowes Relief Fund to help businesses and the community get back on its feet in the wake of the riots, while the Union flag was flown at half mast from Ealing Town Hall on Friday in his memory.

Flower Memorial in Ealing, East London

Flowers being attached a wall near where Mr Bowes was attacked.

Mr Bowe being tended to by a Police Officer and a concerned citizen whilst waiting for an ambulance.

Mr Bowes being tended to by a Police Officer and a concerned citizen.

Original story from the Ealing Gazette
Picture credit: The Daily Mail

About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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