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Longridge D-Day veteran’s memory will live on thanks to new development

Posted on - 10th September, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - History, Housing, Longridge, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley News
The development has been named after a D-Day veteran

A Longridge D-Day veteran is being remembered as a new housing development is named after him.

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‘Rogerson Gardens’ is in memory of Gerard Rogerson, and it is hoped his memory will live on with this new development.

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Gerard Rogerson, from Longridge, was just 18 when he took part in the Normandy Beach landings and was presented with the Legion D’Honneur, France’s highest military commendation, in 2016.

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After his homecoming from the war, Mr Rogerson spent half a century as a District Garden Superintendent at Whittingham Hospital, tending the grounds at the old hospital that sat on the land of the new development.

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Sadly, Gerard passed away in 2020 at the age of 94 and Barratt Homes are celebrating his legacy by naming the brand new homes development in his honour.

Representatives of the family, Helen Heaton (nee Rogerson) and Jason Coates, said: “It is a very proud moment for us all to have Gerard memorialised in this way.”

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Rogerson Gardens will provide up to 750 dwellings, of which Barratt Homes will provide 248 new homes, underpinning 496 new jobs.

Neil Goodwin, Managing Director at Barratt Homes said: “We are delighted to be delivering a range of new homes at the Whittingham development in Preston.

“It’s great to honour a veteran in this way and give him and his family this lasting legacy of his time serving the country.”

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