Graveside misery on Mother’s Day

Ilkeston Park Cemetery.

Ilkeston Park Cemetery.

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A devastated son discovered his parents’ grave in Ilkeston had been damaged when he visited to lay flowers on Mother’s Day.

Colin Brown, 62, was shocked to see that gravel he had put on top of the plot and concrete he had placed around the boundary had been removed. He claims damage was caused grave diggers dug a neighbouring plot at Park Cemetery.

He told the Advertiser: “I couldn’t believe it when I got there.

“It was distressing enough anyway but on Mother’s Day.

“I’m currently having chemotherapy so don’t get up there much now and this just made me bad. I can’t believe people would treat a grave with such disrespect.

“My grandkids were in tears, they were so upset by everything.

“My dad served in the war and for six months after dragging bodies from sewers. After all he did, for his grave to be treated in this way is just disgusting.”

His mum and dad, Joe and Joyce Brown, died in 2009 and 2006 respectively.

Mr Brown visits the grave regularly since their deaths.

He said: “The grave had settled down and was looking how we wanted it to until all this.”

Mr Brown was so upset he made an official complaint to Erewash Borough Council, which owns the cemetery.

He explained: “I told them what had happened and that part of the grave had caved in and the coffin might be damaged.

“They said to me ‘well coffin’s rot anyway’. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

“They just don’t seem to care at all.”

Dave Bramwell, head of green space and street scene at Erewash Borough Council said: “We would like to offer our sincere apologies to Mr Brown and his family for the less than normal high standard of service from the council and the distress caused.

“Council representatives have visited Mr Brown to give a full explanation and a personal apology on behalf of the council for any errors made. “We will ensure that any damage to the plot is corrected and that it is returned to normal.”

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