Anger over tape on graves

PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:35 04 May 2010

Muriel Motley

Muriel Motley

ANGRY Muriel Motley, was distraught when she discovered the grave of her mother, a former Ely hospital matron, covered in yellow warning tape at the city s cemetery. She found herself choking back the tears as the tape covered Olive Latham s name and warn

ANGRY Muriel Motley, was distraught when she discovered the grave of her mother, a former Ely hospital matron, covered in yellow warning tape at the city's cemetery.

She found herself choking back the tears as the tape covered Olive Latham's name and warned that the headstone was unstable.

Muriel, one of four daughters brought up single-handedly by Olive who worked at the former Tower Hospital said: "I was furious when I saw her grave. I was trying not to cry.

"You couldn't even see her name. Her grave has her nurse's badge on it and it was covered in yellow tape."

Muriel travelled from her home in Hunstanton to visit the grave after being told by a family member how it was marked for essential repair work by Ely City Council.

Now she and her family face a £200 repair bill for the grave.

More than 100 graves in the cemetery have been earmarked for repair but there are fears that not all families will be traced and some old headstones may have to be removed.

Ely mayor Cllr Ron Bradney said: "There seems to be a problem with the level of workmanship. These headstones have failed our safety tests.

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