Heartache as vase on grave in Flint is damaged

Reporter:

David Humphreys

COUNCIL officials have apologised after a vase left on a baby’s grave was damaged.

Sue Rush said she was heartbroken when she visited the grave of her grand-daughter, Summer, to find a commemorative vase left broken and bent at the Old London Road cemetery in Flint.

Little Summer died suddenly just two weeks after her first birthday in August 2009.

The vase was damaged during work taken out by Flintshire Council staff.

Mrs Rush, of Albert Avenue, Flint, held back tears when she described the horror of finding the “priceless” vase damaged.

“My daughter went to take flowers down and phoned me up saying the grass had been cut and the vase was broken,” she said. “When I went down, I just stood there and cried.

“To find it in this state was heartbreaking.”

Flintshire Council’s interim environmental protection manager, Scott Rowley, said: “Unfortunately the vase was damaged during ground maintenance operations.

“We have apologised to Mrs Rush for this incident and we will be making arrangements to replace the vase."

The vase was left with its gold coloured metal casing bent and the plastic casing cracked during the incident on Thursday, April 17.

Mrs Rush added: “It was a present from me and her grandad, Andrew.

“It’s just devastating, it was something special from us.

“Summer was so special because she was the first girl grandchild I had after seven boys.”

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