Dr Jeremy Jolley, Churchwarden at All Saints Church in Flixborough, reflects on what the memorial garden means today.

He said: "Forty-five years on from the Nypro explosion, it would be hard to discern that anything remarkable had ever happened to the sleepy village of Flixborough. The houses look well cared-for and the gardens well-manicured.

"The casual visitor will notice the small church in the centre of the village and perhaps note its unremarkable appearance, except perhaps for the presence of a pond in the churchyard. Only those who inspect that more closely will see a small plaque listing the names of 28 people who died in the Nypro explosion on 1st June 1974.

"The memorial exists today as a place where people and can sit and rest for a while, and perhaps say a quiet prayer for those who were lost in a moment of tragedy. Those who were caught up in the disaster sometimes come and sit for a while; passing cyclists rest there for a few minutes, walkers stop to enjoy the peaceful view or to see ducks playing in the water.

"The memorial at Flixborough church serves to ensure that the Nypro disaster and those who died in it, are never forgotten. The loss was a public loss and so, for the relatives of those who died, the memorial must also be a public one.

"One might imagine that the Nypro explosion as an event lost in history. However, in one sleepy village in North Lincolnshire, the Nypro explosion and its tragic loss of life and injury will never be forgotten."