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Woman's shock at soil piled on father's grave

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: October 25, 2012

  • The earth dumped on Shirley Wort’s father’s grave on the eve of the 20th anniversary of his death

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A Frome woman has spoken of her devastation after her father's grave was covered in soil on the eve of the 20th anniversary of his death.

Shirley Wort, of Whatcombe Road, said she went to place flowers on her father's grave at Easthill Cemetery last Wednesday morning and was horrified to discover it had been covered in a mound of soil and clay, while district council workers dug several graves around the plot.

Mrs Wort said: "I went down to Easthill Cemetery to place flowers on my father's grave to mark the anniversary of his death.

"I was so upset to see that the grave diggers had completely covered his grave in mud, soil and clay.

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"There is no respect at all and I just don't know what is going on with them, there is no thought, it is completely insensitive.

"And I know I'm not the only one who complains about how the cemetery is run."

Mrs Wort and her husband Dave are well known in the town for their charity work with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) since the death of their son Julian in 2000 aged 28.

Mrs Wort added: "I've also had to complain in the past about the state of Julian's grave, the workers there have no idea how upsetting it is to discover a loved one's grave in a dishevelled way."

A district council spokesman said: "We are very sorry that Mrs Wort found her father's grave in this condition and do appreciate how upsetting it must have been for her.

"The grave digging contractor was following standard practice, whereby when graves are dug the soil and earth is placed adjacent to the grave.

"This can mean that some earth is temporarily placed on top of another grave when the adjacent plots are all used, as in this case.

"We do appreciate that this can be upsetting for relatives visiting the affected graves and every effort is made to clean and reinstate the graves.

"In this particular case, our contractors moved the earth and soil from Mrs Wort's father's grave while she was at the cemetery."

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