The lives of Redbridge people lost and changed in the Covid-19 pandemic are remembered on a trail of hundreds of stones left by their loved ones.

The stones are at the centre of the Redbridge Covid-19 Memorial Garden in Valentines Park, Ilford.

People from around the borough attended the unveiling of a plaque near the bandstand to remember those lost to and affected by Covid-19 on Saturday.

Redbridge Council held a tribute ceremony at 11am on Saturday.

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The council's deputy leader Cllr Kam Rai said: "The pandemic was an incredibly difficult time for all of us, many lost loved ones, and we all had to sacrifice and change the way we lived to keep one another safe from the virus. I am incredibly proud that throughout the most challenging periods of the pandemic, our communities came together and supported our neighbours – showing how strong our community spirit is here in Redbridge.

"When planning the Redbridge Covid-19 Memorial Garden, we took inspiration from local people and artists in residence at Ilford’s SPACE Studios to make sure the memorial reflected our community.

"We hope this space provides a quiet refuge for local people to reflect, remember and pay their respects."

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