Resident makes railing call

Amble West Cemetery
Amble West Cemetery

A resident has called for railings to be installed at a cemetery in a north Northumberland town to protect the graves of loved ones.

Linda Wilkinson contacted the Gazette last week, urging for the West Cemetery, in Amble, to be made more secure.

She says that while there are gates at the entrance to the site, people can still climb over a low wall either side.

She believes the erection of railings would offer an ideal solution and has called on Amble Town Council, which looks after the cemetery, to look into the matter.

She said: “Would it not be a good idea to put up metal railings around the cemetery to stop dogs and people accessing it whenever they want, especially as the gates are locked at specific times?”

She added: “The railings were taken down in wartime when metal was a much-needed commodity, but surely the council or the burial board of Amble have had time to replace these railing to protect loved ones graves.”

A plaque on the gates at the entrance to the site states that the cemetery, on West Avenue, off The Wynd on the A1068, is home to Commonwealth War Graves.

Linda believes it would be fitting for railings to be installed this year – the centenary of the start of the First World War.

However, Amble Town Council clerk, Elaine Brown, played down the chances of having new railings fitted to the walls of the cemetery.

She said that the issue has been investigated before, but the installation would be too expensive, adding that recent restoration work on the gates had cost more than £1,000.

She told the Gazette: “Amble Town Council does make every possible effort to keep the cemetery at a high standard. Although the subject has been discussed before, in the current financial climate it is not prudent to replace the railings on the walls of the West Cemetery as this would cost many thousands of pounds.”

She added that in the past two years, the town council has created a natural burial area and memorial wall at the cemetery.