Poll: Is this a fitting tribute? Monkey headstone approved by council

New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams. New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
4:17 PM

A March family have been given permission to remember their loved one with a modern looking headstone featuring a 3D monkey following an appeal with Fenland District Council.

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Wendy and Samantha Yates, New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery.Wendy and Samantha Yates, New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery.

The memorial shows a monkey peeping around the edge of the gravestone and was made abroad after it was commissioned by town specialists, Kent Memorials in Station Road.

The headstone was initially turned down for the Eastwood Cemetery plot by Fenland District Council but following an appeal and a site meeting the stone was given the go-ahead.

Phil Hughes, head of leisure, said: “This is a really positive sign of the way things are going.

“We have been open minded to the wishes of relatives who want to remember their loved one in this way. It is about individual choice and we have been happy to honour that.

New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams.New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams.

“The headstone fits with the required sizes.”

Paul Yates, 45, died in July last year following a long illness. For his ex wife Wendy and 26 year old daughter Samantha it was important that they remembered him in a way that was individual to him.

Mrs Yates, of Gold Street, said: “He was passionate about wildlife but loved monkeys that he used to adopt in the wildlife sponsorship programmes.

“We called him little monkey. Although we split in 1990 we remained good friends and it was important that we remembered him using a headstone that was personal to him.”

Wendy Yates, New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams.Wendy Yates, New unusual headstone to hail the beginning of new style type gravestones at the cemetery. Picture: Steve Williams.

“We are really pleased that the council let us use it. It means a lot to us.”

7 comments

  • Secular cemetery, as long as it is decent it should be up to the relatives who stump up the cash.. I personally fancy a barrow with grave goods, but dont expectthat would last five minutes rural crime being what it is. Since local authorities chapels and churches cant leave alone the headstones people scrimped and saved for-one council allowed a developer to bulldoze without notice a chapel cemetery where some of my relatives were buried-a monkey on a headstone seems quite respectful in comparison.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Where is the poll ?

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Oh dear Archant .... such poor research of your headline. Despite the poor fellows love of wildlife the headstone does not feature a monkey. It is clearly a chimpanzee ...which is an ape. Monkeys have tails.

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • ....." I think it's great. Kajama".....true, but the one with the battery powered surround sound and animated eyes is even better.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think it's great. Kajama, on (reflection) my first thoughts about your comment would not be allowed on here.

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    richard gray

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Where's the dignity in this? Standards have plummeted.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • That's the ugliest thing I've seen.

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    kajama

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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