Toowoomba Regional Council encouraged the community to enjoy a coffee and celebrate the memories of mums, who have passed, on Sunday 12 May at the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery.

Chair of the Environment and Community Committee Councillor Geoff McDonald said the Celebrating our Mums this Mother’s Day event allows people to observe a Mother’s Day remembrance while enjoying the beautiful gardens surrounding the cemetery. “The event also provides an opportunity to visit the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery and realise that this is a community asset for everyone to enjoy,” Councillor McDonald said. “Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate important people in our lives but for those whose mothers have passed this may be a difficult time.

He added that “Council wants to change the perception of the cemetery from only a place of sadness to also be a place of commemoration and encourage visitors to enjoy the Pop-Up Flower Market and guided historical walks visiting some of our Famous Mothers from Toowoomba’s past.” For those who had not been to the Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery recently, this was also a perfect opportunity to enjoy the changes to the gardens. The previous year’s event brought more than 5000 visitors, all joining together in rememberance.

The Cemetery office was open for visitors to find members of their family tree through access to their database. Not only were visitors able to search their own family history, but through a guided tour, they got to engage with and learn a little more about some of the historical figures laid to rest in Toowoomba’s  largest cemetery. The Mother’s Day remembrance event was a chance for community members to come together in solidarity and pay respect to all the wonderful women that have come before them.

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