Mother left heartbroken after tributes are removed in Swaffham

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A heartbroken mother has criticised a town council after tributes were removed from her son’s grave.

Shirley Symonds, 69, said Swaffham Town Council was more concerned about rules and regulations than people’s emotions after items were removed by a cemetery groundsman as part of council policy.

Her son Dale Symonds died from sudden death syndrome nearly 27 years ago, aged just 19, and is buried at Swaffham’s Brandon Road cemetery.

Mrs Symonds and her husband Sid, of Pedlars Grove, Swaffham, visited the cemetery last week and discovered wreaths and cards left on their son’s grave over the Christmas period had been removed.

She said the artificial wreaths were still in good condition and the council had “no right” to take them away.

The mother-of-six said: “It may be coming up to 27 years since he died but whether it’s 27 years or 57, it doesn’t stop you from feeling hurt.

“The council doesn’t realise or just doesn’t care about the kind of heartache this causes.

“It’s all about rules and regulations with no thought about how it affects people.”

A council spokesman said rules which were put in place in 1998 state that Christmas wreaths are cleared from the cemetery if they are not already removed by the end of January. Other floral tributes are cleared when faded.