A new cemetery has been officially opened at a ceremony in Stithians.

Meadowside Cemetery features a tarmacked car park with 19 parking spaces and a central access path with hearse access.

Phil Blease, chairman of Stithians Parish Council, said: “Meadowside Cemetery has been opened in a timely manner as the previous cemetery is virtually full.

"Great time and effort have gone into the design of Meadowside Cemetery and we have sought advice from local undertakers and stone masons and widely consulted with the community.

"The design provides easy access for people with disabilities and will be a lovely peaceful place to visit, pay respects and have periods of quiet reflection.”

There are two feature mounds which will have interned ashes and remembrance plaques, which screen the car park from the patio area overlooking the garden of remembrance designed and planted by Stithians Gardening Club.

There are also country views from the patio area and a granite bench, which was donated by Stithians Women's Institute.

There are also four rows of concrete beams which will facilitate the erection of head stones adjacent to graves.

At the official opening, attendees had the opportunity to inspect the Meadowside Cemetery, followed by refreshments in the adjacent cricket club.

Anyone wanting more information regarding the cemetery can contact parish clerk John Calvert at stithianspc@aol.com