Families form united front to tackle the grave vandals

Fleetwood families are devastated that graves have been vandalised at the cemetary.
Fleetwood families are devastated that graves have been vandalised at the cemetary.

We will not let the vandals beat us!

Families who have loved ones buried in Fleetwood Cemetery have formed an action group in a bid to protect the graves from attacks of vandalism which caused utter devastation last week.

The group has two main aims - to be a voice for grieving families and to raise money to put security measures in place at the Beach Road cemetery.

The move comes after yobs trashed graves in the baby and children’s section of the cemetery, stealing sentimental memorabilia, wrecking flowers and throwing items around the gardens.

‘Sleep in Peace’, as it will be called, is the first action group of its kind for the cemetery and a core of representatives are hoping other people will get on board.

Toni Millington, of Hamlet Road, whose baby niece is buried in the children’s memorial section, said: “We just want people to know how serious we are about this. We’ve had enough, we need to get some kind of security put in place.”

Other ideas include permanent lighting, security lights, gates, and possible railings along the perimeter walls.

But it will all cost money and the group is now looking at ways to raise funds.

Fleetwood Plus, a local community interest group, has already pledged its support by offering to stage a concert next year which will raise cash for the group.

A Facebook toy auction page has also been set up to raise some money.

The group is now planning to get in touch with local councillors to ask for their support and help to establish the group further. Future plans include a public meeting to throw their ideas to the wider community.

In the meantime the group will meet next Wednesday to form an official committee and are inviting people who are interested in joining them to attend.

Christine Bailey, of Warren Avenue South, who lost her husband nearly 12 months ago added: “It’s promising and it shows that something is being done.

“The group is in its infancy but at least we are working together - that’s a deterrent in itself. Prevention is the best cure.”

The meeting takes place at 6pm at the United Reformed Church Hall in Dronsfield Road.