Daughter fills mother’s shoes

Daughter of Eden Gardens founder Gordon Shaddock, Margaret Hornsey, lays flowers by her father’s grave.
Daughter of Eden Gardens founder Gordon Shaddock, Margaret Hornsey, lays flowers by her father’s grave.

FOR the first time since 1962, there was a face missing in the crowd at the Eden Gardens Anzac Day commemoration service.

Lorna Shaddock, co-founder of Eden Gardens, died in September last year, but her spirit was still very much alive.

Daughter of Lorna and Gordon Shaddock, Margaret Hornsey, made the trek from the Gold Coast to Warwick yesterday to fill in for her mother with all the annual traditions.

"She had all these traditions I wasn't even aware of like the different flowers that go with each plaque and so I'm being coached," Mrs Hornsey said.

"She used to come out here with the cloth and furniture polish to clean the plaques - but I don't think I will be getting the furniture polish out."

Mrs Hornsey said she felt honoured to be at the Anzac Day ceremony yesterday and laid fresh flowers by her parents' graves.

"This is the first time Mum hasn't been here, but it's good to be back and to catch up with people I went to school with," Mrs Hornsey said.

"That's the thing with country towns - as a teenager you can't wait to get out of here, then you find yourself being drawn back."



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