St Neots: Dead mother frozen for months waiting for grave

RELATIVES of a woman who has been frozen for five weeks while awaiting a space in St Neots cemetery are demanding immediate action from the town council. Two weeks ago, The Hunts Post reported how the body of a St Neots mother had been left frozen at Adde

RELATIVES of a woman who has been frozen for five weeks while awaiting a space in St Neots cemetery are demanding immediate action from the town council.

Two weeks ago, The Hunts Post reported how the body of a St Neots mother had been left frozen at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, because no graves were available in the town.

Her family, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were devastated at not being able to give her a funeral.

While there are burial spaces available in Eynesbury, the woman's wish was to be buried in the town.

The woman has been frozen since she died in February, aged 70.

On Tuesday, March 23, her daughter-in-law said little had changed over the weeks and that the council had told her it "could be a couple of months" until more graves in an extension at the cemetery are consecrated.

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"I keep pestering the council but all they say is they are working as quickly as they can but we still haven't been given an exact date," she said.

A statement issued by town mayor, Councillor Gordon Thorpe said he "deeply regretted" the distress caused to the family. He added that the opening of the cemetery extension was "underway and all parties concerned are cooperating to ensure that the necessary documents and permissions are granted with all due haste".

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