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Campaign to get Sheffield village cemetery gates reinstalled

Some of the local residents who have formed the Friends of Beighton Cemetery group.

Some of the local residents who have formed the Friends of Beighton Cemetery group.

Residents in a Sheffield village are campaigning for new cemetery gates after council officials removed the old ones.

Many people with relatives buried in Beighton Cemetery are angry at the removal, which they believe was unnecessary.

The new Friends of Beighton Cemetery group, set up with the help of councillors, has now launched a fundraising campaign to get new gates reinstalled.

Group chairman Aubrey Hill, of School Road, Beighton, said there had been no satisfactory reason from Sheffield Council as to why the gates were removed.

He said: “People from Beighton, past and present, with family members at rest in the cemetery have expressed their anger at the unnecessary removal of the gates and this anger is still simmering.

“Even those ex-Beighton residents now living far afield and overseas have expressed their anger via social media websites and support for our community group is strong.

Sue Nadin, council bereavement services manager and registrar said the gates were removed to tidy up the appearance of the entrance to the cemetery.

She said: “The group agreed to start fundraising for new gates.

“We are happy to speak to them about this or any further concerns they might have.”

n Anyone who is able to help with the fundraising campaign should email aubrey.hill@btinternet.com

 

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