Joe’s Crow Country
THE decision by North Herts District Council to ban burials at Royston Cemetery from April has proved to be an unpopular one – and rightly so.
There are people in this town that, and they might not thank me for saying it, are nearing the end.
Many have lived in the area for their entire life. They have been educated here, worked here, been married here and retired here, and now they are to be carted out to a town down the A505 to rest in piece.
For me, it has nothing to do with religion, and being able to be close ‘in spirit’ to loved ones. It’s far more principled than that.
Personally I don’t think anything happens after we die, but those visiting graves of lost loved ones should be able to see their parents, grandparents or whoever with their graves proudly standing next to one another.
You may also want to watch:
A lot of care and attention is taken to look after grave stones. For me, this isn’t so the deceased can rest more peacefully – they are already worm food if you ask me.
It’s to show that you cared about them, and want to show that they are missed to other people.
- 1 A505 campaigner on safety improvement progress and wrong-way driver near-miss
- 2 Kite Festival cancelled after lockdown extension
- 3 Grandmother runs Royston in Blue 5k solo to raise money for charity
- 4 Ex-footballers set for charity match to raise money for hospital cardiology department
- 5 What is happening in our area for Armed Forces Day?
- 6 Nurses to meet with unvaccinated social care workers to address concerns
- 7 Man jailed after attacking victim with glass bottle in hotel room
- 8 Uber-style app could mean doorstep bus pick up
- 9 Bloomsday group's post-lockdown gathering to celebrate Joyce novel
- 10 'If I lived three miles away the obstacles would've been lower' - Councillor calls for IVF to be reinstated in Cambs
It will be difficult for, say, a disabled widow, to visit Letchworth on the irregular public transport and tend to his spouse’s grave.
Whereas if they are buried in Royston, where they lived and died, they can be reached by s short walk.
This has hit a sensitive area, and will rightly upset residents more than cuts to other areas. It is bad planning and has been resolved with a bad ruling.