Mum upset after being asked to remove cross from grave in Skegness

Sarah Platts is upset after being asked to remove items placed on her son's grave by her daughters. ANL-160608-114543001
Sarah Platts is upset after being asked to remove items placed on her son's grave by her daughters. ANL-160608-114543001

A heartbroken mum says she was devastated when she was asked to remove a cross from where her son is buried in Skegness.

Sarah Platts lost her son five years ago and was met with sympathy when she shared her grief on social media. She said: “My son is buried down at St Mary’s Church. Last month I received a letter from the council saying that I’m not allowed his cross down there as well as the headstone. I thought it’s not doing any harm, so I went and picked it up yesterday.

St Mary's Church in Skegness. ANL-160608-115411001

St Mary's Church in Skegness. ANL-160608-115411001

“I’ve received another letter from them saying that I have to remove the blue glass stones that are on his grave. I’m absolutely devastated about this as they have always been on his grave as his sisters love taking things down and putting them on there brother’s grave.

“We keep it tidy and trim all the grass round the side. They also take plastic flowers down and put them on the grave for him.

“But on the letter it states no kerbstones or fences plastic flowers or wired flowers, glass vases bottles stone/slate or chippings, rooted plants or lights.

“So now I have to explain to my daughters they can no longer take plastic flowers down to there brother’s grave and we have to take all the stone up and remove the flowers or else they are going to. I

“ just think its totally unfair that the council are doing this.”

Her views have been sthared by other residents. Gail Russell said: “My son and mum are both buried there and the bi laws are ridiculous and they have no feeling for any one.”

Kelly Nisbet said: “I took my son some bits for his birthday at the crem in Alford the man then told me to remove them or they would end up near the bin.”

Coun Malcolm Gabbitas said: “The council is sorry a mother has been upset by the letter she has received. There are some safety aspects regarding stones but it is difficult to comment without seeing the grave.

“However, this is certainly something I will bring up at future council mettings.”