Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting PKNEWS to 80360
'Smashed' Constantine gravestone is repaired
5:30pm Thursday 8th August 2013 in News
Council contractors who smashed a gravestone at Constantine Church, claiming it was dangerous, have now repaired it.
The headstone had stood at the church entrance since 1841, in memory of Catherine Vivian and her family. The stone had been damaged decades ago and repaired. Church authorities insisted it was safe and were outraged that they were not consulted before it was taken down.
Two weeks ago Cormac engineers broke the stone and laid most of it in the churchyard’s long grass, claiming it posed a hazard to members of the public. At the time, Constantine vicar the Rev Stuart Turner, pictured, described their actions as “vandalism.”
Now the headstone has been repaired and restored. Because the churchyard is closed to further burials it is deemed to be a “public open space” and is the responsibility of Cornwall Council.
The council contracts Cormac to maintain the churchyard. A council statement said: “Staff from Cormac Solutions Ltd cut the stump back, then had to push the existing stonework back out of the way before they could upright and align the gravestone with the other existing memorials. They then fixed it into place with stainless steel rods (not aluminium as used previously.)”
Mr Turner, who had previously called on the council to repair the headstone, is on holiday and was not available for comment.
Comments are closed on this article.