AN extension of a Flintshire cemetery will provide 20 years of extra burial space.
New burial land was was officially opened yesterday at Mold Cemetery.
A consecration ceremony at the site off Alexandra Road was led by the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Rev Dr Gregory Cameron.
The move will mean the cemetery, which has reached its capacity, now has almost 380 more burial plots available, which are expected to last for two decades.
Cllr Robin Guest, Mayor of Mold, attended the opening ceremony and said it was important the town now had enough space to bury its dead in the coming years.
“Compared with other towns and areas that are saying they’re running out of burial plots, we’ve got enough for the next 15 or 20 years,” he said.
“It’s an issue for each community to address – to find space for burial.
“It means a lot to people to be buried in their own community.”
The extension cost more than £35,000 and was paid for from Mold Town Council reserves and a loan from the Public Works Loans Board.
“It’s been many years in the planning,” added Cllr Guest.
“We’ve had our difficulties and it did take a lot of time. But we set out early enough that we’ve got it ready in time.
“Many generations of Mold residents are buried here and we have now made provision for many years to come.”
Mold Town Council is responsible for maintaining a cemetery in the town and pays more than £65,000 annually for its’ upkeep. It serves 10,000 people from the town and surrounding area.
Bishop Cameron said his visit to perform the consecration service was an excellent opportunity to visit Mold.
He thanked the town council for the invitation and townsfolk for making him welcome.
Also at the ceremony were members of Mold Town Council, Mold churches and the wider community.