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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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‘Untidy’ garden distresses daughter

A DISTRAUGHT daughter struggled to lay her Father’s Day flowers at Distington Hall Crematorium as the grass had grown so high.

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DISTRESSED: Donna Kelly near the place where her father's ashes are interred

By Lucy Grosvenor

Donna Kelly left the crematorium disgusted and upset at the lack of upkeep in the grounds.

Her father, Raymond Parkinson, died nine years ago and Donna lays flowers quite regularly near a tree the family chose to be his memorial.

She says this was the first year she has ever seen the crematorium so badly maintained.

“I had to ring my mum to help me find Dad’s tree, I couldn’t spot it, it was so overgrown,” said Donna from Moresby Parks.

“When we did find it I had to almost chuck the flowers as I couldn’t get close enough to lay them properly.

“I am so upset that it has been left to get this overgrown – there is no respect and that is the frustrating thing.”

The tree picked out by the family is on the bank at the back of the crematorium.

Councillor Peter Kane, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We are sorry this person was upset on her recent visit to the crematorium.

“Sadly our funding from government has been cut so dramatically we’ve had to make some difficult decisions. In some areas, we are now only able to make one cut a year, in October or November. ”

Val Burns, Donna’s mum, said: “I have never seen Donna that upset after visiting the crematorium,

“I understand there are council cuts but this of all places should be well maintained out of respect for our loved ones.”

Have your say

If you want a grave kept tidy, keep it tidy rather than expect somebody else to do it/pay for it for you.
Half an hour a week during Summer, too much to ask?
Says a lot about some peoples level of commitment to their 'loved ones'

Posted by Alan Crowe on 29 June 2014 at 20:43

When are Copeland Councillors going to switch off their default setting blaming everything on Government cuts, other councils manage through austerity without completely running down their area. Don't they realise people are sick of hearing the same lame excuse. But I agree with Rosa, a team of volunteers is needed to sort it out, perhaps all the families who visit could consider organising this or contacting the crematorium to see why its in this state, the latter should surely have some responsibility to keep it tidy.

Posted by Annoyed on 27 June 2014 at 12:11

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