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Asbestos Victims Memorialized in Rochdale

5000 white and purple crocus bulbs were planted at the International Asbestos Memorial in Rochdale's Memorial Gardens to honor asbestos victims.

The bulbs were planted in clusters to symbolize global asbestos use and should be in full bloom by February when the UK holds Mesothelioma Action Day to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure and remember those lost.

A short dedication ceremony was held at the gardens with members of local community and political groups in attendance.

Rochdale received international attention after plans for the memorial were announced with Australian support groups donating a eucalyptus tree to symbolize the global suffering of asbestos victims.

The city, located just north of Manchester, was once a boomtown during the early days of industrialization and was once home to a large asbestos textile industry.