‘I can’t believe, at a time like this, we even have to do this’ – Littleport family’s anguish as decision is STILL yet to be made about mother’s burial wish

Rosemary Talbot, centre, died of cancer earlier this month, with her daughters Katie (left) and Sall

Rosemary Talbot, centre, died of cancer earlier this month, with her daughters Katie (left) and Sally. - Credit: Archant

An extraordinary general meeting will be held by Littleport Town Council this Friday to decide if a woman who’s last dying wish was to be buried with her ancestors will be fulfilled.

Currently the council’s position is that they cannot allow Rosemary Talbot, who died earlier this month, to be buried at Littleport cemetery because she wasn’t living in the village when she died.

However, she grew up, got christened and married in Littleport and her final wish was to be buried among multiple generations of her family including her mother and father.

Rosemary’s daughter, Sally Talbot, has since set up an online petition – which has now reached 1,800 signees - urging the council to consider the circumstances as exceptional and to show compassion.

Last night Sally gave a speech to the council explaining her family’s situation and after the meeting posted on social media.

“I would say it’s a 50/50 split.

“Councillor Andrew Wright did stand up and say it should be dealt with as a matter of urgency, but they didn’t have the paperwork to determine whether this could be done.

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“It was pointed out the chairman should have this power but apparently not.

“It was also said that the rule put in place due to space was because a family were allowed to reserve nine plots which haven’t been used.

“I’m not sure all letters and the petition have been passed on to the other councillors but let’s hope they realise it’s time for change.

“A decision will be made at their meeting on Friday. Thank you to our wonderful friends who came to support us.

“I can’t believe, at a time like this, we have even had to do this.”

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