‘It’s not our intention to upset’
DANNY Bond, memorial grounds manager, said: “We are sorry to learn that some memorial holders are not happy with our policy of prohibiting private memorials and removing any that offend the rules of the crematorium.
“Senior management are always willing to discuss individual cases on the rare occasion of dissatisfaction.
“Here at the crematorium we pride ourselves in offering a tranquil environment for families to visit and remember their loved ones.
“Visitors to our gardens in the summer cannot help but be delighted by the beauty of the magnificent display of roses.”
He added: “As part of our regular maintenance the grounds team will remove any private memorial items which are not permitted under the conditions for the memorial lease.
“It is not our intention to cause upset or distress by removing these private memorials from the rose beds, it is merely to ensure we offer the best quality memorial roses.
“Any item removed from the rose beds are held in a secure area at the rear of the gardens for collection.
“A large majority of lease holders refrain from use of private memorials on the rose beds and they prefer it to remain picturesque and serene.
“The information on the use of private memorials has been displayed on the grounds for at least the last 15 years.”