Victory for family over son’s grave

Family of Ryan Cummings at his grave at Westwood Cemetery -  his dad Alan, sister Louise Harrison, left, and partner Nicola Kershaw
Family of Ryan Cummings at his grave at Westwood Cemetery - his dad Alan, sister Louise Harrison, left, and partner Nicola Kershaw
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A GRIEVING father has won a moral victory with cemetery bosses in a row over his son’s grave.

Alan Cummings said he would have been forced to blockade his son Ryan’s grave to stop cemetery workers from placing a two-ton box of soil on it for the second time in four months.

Mr Cummings, whose son, Ryan, died four years ago, had been informed by bosses at Westwood Cemetery in Ince that they will have to move soil from an adjacent plot in order for another burial to take place.

However, after complaining to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s Cemeteries department, bosses have now agreed to move the displaced soil onto a lorry to ensure the burial can take place.

Mr Cummings, whose son Ryan died aged 34, said: “I am really pleased that cemetery bosses have come to this decision and that it saves everybody a lot of heartache.

“I feel that the decision is correct and hopefully that will be the end of the matter.”

WLCT say that it was standard practice to put the soil from a new grave into a soil box on an existing one if there is no room to put it elsewhere.

In June this year, Mr Cummings and his family attended Ryan’s grave and found that soil from another grave had been placed on top of his.

This week he was informed that it would be happening again to allow another funeral to take place but Mr Cummings said he would not stand for it.

Mr Cummings believes it is unnecessary to place the soil on his son’s grave as there is adequate room near to the plot.

Mr Cummings said: “I didn’t want to ruin the internment of another person but this just wasn’t on and we as a family were prepared to take action to prevent them from putting the soil on Ryan’s grave.

“It was quite simply a case of them making life easier for themselves instead of taking people’s feelings into account.

“There is room a few yards away in the corner where no grave is where they could quite easily put it.

“I’m just pleased they’ve seen sense.”

Ryan, who was a promising boxer and had represented England at international tournaments in Finland and Northern Ireland, was found hanged in 2008.