Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Mourned beside a Stranger's Grave

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Mourned beside a Stranger's Grave

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Byline: By Peter Taylor

For more than a year, devoted husband Jack Thompson made regular trips to the graveside of his wife Myra.

But today he was left devastated after discovering a cemetery blunder meant he had been mourning at a stranger's graveside.

A bungle by cemetery staff led to the headstone being placed on the wrong plot.

The devastated family were not even told about the mistake, only finding out when Jack's daughter Wendy went to the grave to find the headstone had been moved to the next plot along.

Now Mr Thompson, 76, wants his wife's grave dug up again to put his mind at rest that the right casket has been placed in it as he wants to be buried with her when he dies.

Blyth Valley Council has apologised but the family has contacted the Ombudsman about the mistake at Cowpen Cemetery in Blyth and their complaint is being investigated.

Mr Thompson, of Twentieth Avenue, Blyth, said: "After she was buried the headstone was put up within three weeks and for 14 months we were going back and forward to the wrong grave.

"I wouldn't care, I was feeling sorry for the grave next door because nobody seemed to visit it or tend it.

"And all the time that was where my wife was buried. …

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