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Tributes To Loved Ones Removed
A Hamilton woman was left devastated on Mother’s Day after visiting her parents’ memorial plaque at South Lanarkshire Crematorium – only to discover treasured mementos left for them had been removed.
The 44-year-old, who does not wish to be identified, made the heart-wrenching trip to the Sydes Brae site on Sunday to lay flowers to mark Mother’s Day.
But on arrival, the married mum-of-two was horrified to find that items, some of which had been left by her mum for her dad before she passed away, had been lifted by crematorium staff.
The items included two vases, an angel, a book-shaped marble plaque for another member of the family, a ceramic ‘grandad’ inscribed teddy and a huge silver planter with an evergreen bush.
The devastated woman said: “All of the personal items which we, as a family, had placed near mum and dad’s plaque have been removed by the crematorium staff. What’s more upsetting is that items my mum had placed for my dad, prior to her passing away, have gone.
“Every relative who had left items for their loved ones at the plaque will all be affected, as they have all been removed.”
The discovery last Sunday, March 6, left the grieving woman enraged. She added: “I was absolutely distraught on Sunday. I find it hard at the best of times to visit the memorial plaque, but to go and discover all of our items were gone disgusted me.
“My uncle has since been told that the items have been put aside for relatives to collect, however there is no notice to advise this, and I am unable to go during their office hours.”
South Lanarkshire Council were keen to stress the items were not removed on Mother’s Day but a few weeks earlier.
Stephen Kelly, head of facilities for waste and ground services, said: “Essential works were required to the Memorial Wall to repair an area of stone work that had become loose and may have presented a danger. These were carried out at the end of February. In order to do this safely, items were removed from the cut flower stand. Whilst we always attempt to act sensitively and minimise the effect of any works, in this case we had to act at short notice to ensure the safety of all visitors. We are holding the items in storage, should families wish to collect them from us, and apologise for any upset caused.”