‘She’s going to be back with her mum’ - Littleport family ‘delighted’ and ‘relieved’ as kindhearted stranger offers unused cemetery plot to fulfil mum’s last 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

A Littleport family say they are “delighted” and “relieved” that their mum will be able to return to her family after an anonymous member of the public offered an unused plot for her burial.

A Littleport family say they are “delighted” and “relieved” that their mum will be able to return to her family after an anonymous member of the public offered an unused plot for her burial.

Sally Talbot has been campaigning for Littleport Parish Council to allow her mother Rosemary, who died earlier this month, to be buried at Littleport cemetery despite not being a parishioner when she died.

Her efforts attracted over 2,000 signees on an online petition as well as a personal letter sent to the council by local MP Steve Barclay.

Sharing the good news on social media, Sally said: “Thanks to an anonymous member of the public, mum can return to her family.


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“They have contacted the council and offered us their plot that they bought 60 years ago - we have accepted their kind offer.

“We sat on it and thought we haven’t done this to have a fight with the council, so for it to be done through somebody’s kindness is brilliant.”

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Clive Webber, chairman of Littleport Parish Council, said: “The Parish Council have worked extremely hard this past few days to find a solution, within the constraints of legislation, which will ease the pain for the family.

“The members of the Parish Council are local residents who are elected to represent all of the parishioners, and there are approximately 10,000 people residing in Littleport.

“We do truly care about all of our residents, and their relatives, and will always be fully committed to doing our very best to meet their needs and any requests that we receive, whilst abiding by the legislation that governs us,” he added.

Sally said the extraordinary general meeting which was planned for tomorrow will still go ahead.

“This has bought to light a community issue that needs addressing.

“It’s important that good comes out of it for everyone, without whom we would not be in this position.

“We’re completely relieved and delighted. She’s going to be back with her mum.”

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