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Sutton Bridge rules out interment of pets' ashes in people's graves

Pets’ ashes will not be interred in their owners’ graves at Sutton Bridge, councillors have decided.

The issue was debated by Sutton Bridge Parish Council on Tuesday night after a man asked if animal ashes could be buried with his spouse.

Parish clerk Robert Smith said the person who made the initial request has since buried the pet’s ashes in his own garden, but funeral directors have now asked the council to clarify the rules.

The official opening of Sutton Bridge's Garden of Rest in September 2017
The official opening of Sutton Bridge's Garden of Rest in September 2017

Mr Smith said the funeral directors want to know whether or not the council will allow pets’ ashes to be buried in the Garden of Rest – and whether such burials would then be recorded in the parish records and on the memorial stones.

Coun Chris Brewis led the charge, opposing the burial of pets’ ashes with the words: “Absolutely no, no, no, no.”

But Coun KimDavies said: “I would like it because I would like it done when I go.”

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Sutton Bridge news

Coun Michael Booth told the meeting: “I would move that we don’t.

“We provided a new burial ground for the people of Sutton Bridge, not the animals of Sutton Bridge.”

And Coun Diane Cook said: “It will upset the majority of people who are going to be interred there, I would think.”

Council chairman Coun Simon Booth said the number of people who would support interment of pets’ ashes would be matched by those who would object.

Sutton Bridge news
Sutton Bridge news

The council voted 4-2 against the step with one abstention. Following the vote, the chairman said: “That’s the end of it. We are not going to allow it and that’s it.”

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