Monday, April 26, 2010

Creativity in the Cemetery

Next to the churchyard of Holy Trinity, Poulton-le-Sands is one of Morecambe's cemeteries. Although not especially large, it's the resting place of many hundreds of former residents of our town, including relatives of Eric Morecambe and Thora Hird. I officiated at a burial in the cemetery just before Christmas, which was quite an unusual event - the first the undertaker had done there for about 13 years. We're not sure if anyone will ever claim any more of the remaining spaces in family plots, so it can't be deemed full and closed yet.

In the meantime, we're trying to make it a more pleasant environment to walk, explore and also discover the heritage of the town, or family tree information. As part of that, two dead elm trees are being carved into figures, representing the history of Poulton-le-Sands, so the first is well on the way to becoming a fisherman. The pic below shows one of the trees waiting to be carved, whilst the other one is taking shape

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