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Burial space freed up for Brotton
BURIAL space has been freed up for an east Cleveland village following negotiations between church authorities and the council.
The churchyard at St Margaret’s Church, Brotton, is now open to receive burials after space in the village’s cemetery was exhausted last year.
The Diocese of York and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council worked together to resolve the problem for village residents.
St Peter's Church, which has been demolished, was the parish church of Brotton until the church of St Margaret of Antioch was consecrated, along with the grounds, in 1891.
St Peter's became the Mortuary Chapel for the village and its burial ground continued in use until the 1950s, when the then local council opened the public cemetery next to St Peter's.
St Margaret's was never used as a burial ground because the public cemetery was in use instead.
The Reverend Jonathan Rhodes, rector of St Margaret’s Church said: “We’re glad to be able to help the people of Brotton by opening St. Margaret's churchyard for burials, as it means people can be buried within their own village and Parish.
“We are initially opening 178 plots at the north east side of the churchyard, and there’s more room to the west when these plots are filled. Ashes will be interred in the Avenue of Trees on the east of the churchyard.”
Councillor Christopher Massey, cabinet member for the environment and rural affairs, said: “The Council have been happy to work alongside the church and the diocese on the proposed burial site which offers the residents of Brotton a long term burial provision within the village.”
To arrange a funeral at St Margaret's and a burial in the churchyard or a burial after a funeral elsewhere, contact your local Funeral Directors who will be able assist you.
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