‘Cemetery looked a disgrace’

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A couple have expressed their outrage at finding a Sudbury cemetery in an unacceptable state with close family members’ gravestones covered in grass.

Colin and Linda Cheesewright, both 68, travel to Sudbury from their home in Staines, Surrey, each month to visit Mrs Cheesewright’s parents’ graves.

But when the couple came up for their visit in May they were shocked to find flower pots all over the site and grass cutting sprayed everywhere and stuck to the gravestones.

“It was an absolute disgrace, it never used to be like that,” said Mr Cheesewright.

His wife’s parents had lived in Great Cornard and are buried in Sudbury Cemetery in Newton Road.

He added: “It took us 45 minutes to clean the gravestone, the grass was everywhere.”

The couple said other people were complaining, including a mother who had lost her son the previous year.

“We were so upset. We couldn’t really do anything as we live so far away.

“My wife was very close to her mum and dad. She had tears in her eyes.

“She said to me if we had the money she would move them back to Staines.”

They contacted Sudbury Town Council who promised they would look into the complaint.

Now the couple hope that it was just a one-off and that they will find a much tidier and relaxing environment when they visit in June.