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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: "Room for more as graves recycled" - Manor Park Cemetery
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 23:07:07 +0100
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Disgusting! One more sickening example of the contempt for our heritage of
our powers that be here in the UK. Thanks for this, Pat, I'm going to write
to the press about this disgraceful conduct by Manor Park Cemetary.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob & Pat Whitelaw"
> The above is the heading of an article reprinted in a Brisbane w/e
> newspaper from the Daily Mail. Has anyone else seen it? On the
> assumption that some may not have, please bear with me while I reprint the
> whole article.
> "A cemetery that is running out of space is leading out graves to be used
> The 1000 plots which are being rented out still contain the remains of the
> first occupants, who died more than 75 years ago.
> For about $A7500 a family can "adopt" for 50 years one of the
> traditional-style graves and Victorian monuments. The name of whoever is
> buried there can be scrubbed from the headstone, obelisk or cross and be
> replaced with an inscription of the renter's choice.
> The scheme, which is the first in the country, is being advertised by the
> City of London cemetery in Manor Park.
> Officials claim the original inhabitants of the plots were buried so
> deep - most at least three metres under - that there is room for more on
> The 81-hectare municipal cemetery was built in 1853. It is the largest in
> London and one of the biggest in Europe, yet experts estimate it will be
> full within 10 years.
> Since the scheme started, nine families have "adopted" plots. Officials
> are anticipating a high demand.
> Cemetery manager Ian Hussein said yesterday: "Most of these graves were
> sold as family plots for four burials, but in most cases there is only one
> or two in them."
> Not all of the plots in the emetery, where England's 1966 soccer World Cup
> hero Bobby Moore and inventor Robert Hooke have been laid to rest, are up
> for "adoption".
> Sites can be leased only if there is room for another burial without
> disturbing the original remains, and no living relatives objected.
> Experts claim it is cheaper than paying for a newly-dug plot, which sots
> about $A12,500 plus another $A12,500 for the monument."
> I am speechless, not only because it is happening but it's going to be
> acceptable to scrub out the original name/s from MIs and add one's own.
> I do hope very few people are interested in 'renting' out these spaces.
> Pat Whitelaw
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