Hard-up fam­i­lies buy wooden grave­stones

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GRIEV­ING fam­i­lies are putting wooden head­stones on loved ones’ graves in a bid to beat the credit crunch.

Car­pen­ter Mike Davis has sold about 70 head­stones and crosses since he set up what he be­lieves is the coun­try’s only wooden me­mo­rial busi­ness.

He said yes­ter­day that mourn­ers were aban­don­ing tra­di­tional stone or mar­ble memo­ri­als be­cause his work was about a third of the price.

The ap­pear­ance is warmer, he said, and the hard­wood head­stones cost £300 com­pared with the £1,000 a stone­ma­son would charge.

Mr Davis, 45, set up Wooden Memo­ri­als in Lon­glevens, Glouces­ter, af­ter his fa­ther and sis­ter died.

He said: “Quite a few peo­ple are com­ing to me in this time of eco­nomic re­ces­sion, say­ing they sim­ply can’t af­ford a head­stone.

“I made one for an el­derly lady who didn’t have enough money for a stone and she loved it.”

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