THE state of disrepair in which a cemetery in Durrington has been left in has left one man distressed.
Durrington Cemetery is the final resting place for a lot of John Hale’s family, including both his parents, two of his uncles and aunties, his younger brother, a cousin and his grandparents on his mother’s side.
When he last went to visit the cemetery in late spring to pay his tributes, he couldn’t believe how much the upkeep of the sentimental resting ground had deteriorated,
John, 68, said: “Three generations of my family lived and worked in Worthing and are buried in Durrington Cemetery.
“In the past it has been a wonderful peaceful and well-maintained place to visit and remember loved ones. When I visited my parents’, grandparents’ and brother’s graves I was shocked and saddened to see how neglected the cemetery has become since my last visit a year ago.”
John lived in Worthing right up until he got married, and now lives in Groby, Leicestershire, and thinks the worst part is that war graves, three of which belong to his dad and two uncles, are also not looked after properly.
“It just shows a lack of respect,” he added.
“They have obviously cut back. It was very, very dramatic and I found it quite distressing.
“What is so distressing is that the cemetery contains a number of war graves as well as the graves of many world war veterans, including my father and uncles.
“Surely, I am not the only person who is unhappy about the state of this last resting place of our loved ones.”