Sutton campaigners’ fight to maintain graves

Huthwaite Cemetary clean-up. l-r Dwayne Orange who has played a significant role in the transformation, Cllr Ray Buttery and Ian Kerry Friends of Ashfield War Memorials.

Huthwaite Cemetary clean-up. l-r Dwayne Orange who has played a significant role in the transformation, Cllr Ray Buttery and Ian Kerry Friends of Ashfield War Memorials.

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A Sutton man fears the area’s cemeteries will fall back into disrepair amid cuts of £1.1 million from the council’s budget for the 2014/15 financial year.

Ian Kerry, a member of the Friends Of Ashfield War Memorial group, has campaigned tirelessly to see the area’s cemeteries including Huthwaite, Kirkby and Skegby revamped for people to pay their respects to loved ones.

Graves in Huthwaite cemetery on Sutton Road used to be covered by overgrown grass, paths were badly maintained and algae covered its war memorials. After Mr Kerry led calls for change, the council listened and cleared its cemeteries up. Mr Kerry now fears the area’s cemeteries will take a U-turn among cuts to Ashfield District Council’s budget.

 

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