‘It’s not our in­ten­tion to up­set’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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.”

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