Tyne & Wear

Newcastle United open garden for MH17 fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder

A private memorial service is held to open the garden Image copyright Serena Taylor
Image caption The garden has been built in front of the Milburn Stand at St James' Park

Newcastle United have opened a memorial garden in honour of the two fans killed in the MH17 air disaster while flying out to see the team play.

Liam Sweeney and John Alder were among the 298 killed on board the Malaysia Airways flight when it crashed in Ukraine in July.

The pair were travelling to watch Newcastle United play a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.

The club said the new garden will be a memorial to all fans who die.

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Image caption John Alder and Liam Sweeney were travelling to New Zealand to see Newcastle United play

The Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden has been built in front of the main Milburn Stand at the club's home, St James' Park.

Club officials including ambassador and former captain Bob Moncur were joined by the families of the two fans for a private ceremony, with a blessing of the memorial garden made by Newcastle United's club chaplain Canon Glyn Evans.

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