A WAR hero’s widow has criticised Blackpool Council over the lack of maintenance around the graves in a local cemetery.
Jean Bramwell, whose husband Flight Lieutenant William Bramwell was a Bomber Boy, was disgusted to discover his grave at Carleton Crematorium had become overgrown with grass and weeds.
Mrs Bramwell, 87, from Marton, said: “It was badly overgrown. We were disgusted about what it looked like.
“The whole area was bad, it’s a disgrace.”
The distraught widow was especially upset due to this week marking Armed Forces and Veterans Week, which is dedicated to servicemen past, present and future.
She added: “It’s a week to mark the work the Armed Forces and veterans have done for our country – a lot of events are happening in Blackpool, you would have thought they would take enough care to make sure their graves were well looked after.
“It’s a nice headstone with the Lancashire Bomber and Path Finder badge.
“They just skimmed round it, and left some of the grass really overgrown. It’s upsetting to see it like that.”
Flight Lieutenant Bramwell died in 1986, aged 68.
Coun Peter Callow raised the matter in a full council meeting this week – prompting the grass to be mowed the following morning.
Coun Callow said: “I have had complaints about the grass being overgrown at Carleton Crematorium.
“People get very upset when they go to visit the graves of loved ones and see it overgrown.
“People have been told no extra staff are being taken on.
“Relatives shouldn’t have to go up there and be upset about the graves of their loved ones.”
At the meeting, Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for streets and transport, told Coun Callow he would be investigating the issue and making sure the cemetery was up to scratch.
He added that it would be very concerning for him if the area was not in a fit state.