Erewash Borough Council Bans Funny Headstone Epitaph

Maurice Brown, 87, is a pensioner who has nice sense of humor have had his headstone rejected because it was deemed to be too rude.

The pensioner told his grandson Lewis Ryan that he wanted a line from a poem as his epitaph.

But it was rejected by Erewash Borough Council in Derbyshire saying it used ‘inappropriate language’ that wasn’t acceptable for a public ceremony.

Mr Brown’s poem said: ‘When I am laid to rest with a tombstone upon my chest, ‘The six words I would like to see, are “the little bugger did his best”.’

Lewis went through a stonemason who submitted the wording to the council but they didn’t like the word ‘bugger.’

They said he had a sense of humour so wanted something funny to remember him by

Lewis, a barman from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said: ‘My grandfather was always joking, he never took anything seriously. He even joked about the amount of time he had left to live.

‘He was also an avid poem writer and was really proud of where he was from. He told me before he died he wanted this epitaph. It was his dying wish.

It’s part of an Ilkeston dialect and it’s what people use and I explained that to the council.This is why he wanted to use the word bugger because he was proud of his Ilkeston slang heritage.

‘I don’t see why they would reject it, I wouldn’t get offended by what other people wrote on their gravestones.

‘This isn’t fair at all. He has served in the RAF for this country and risked his life. I just want them to back down.

’ He added: ‘The worst part is my grandmother, who died of a stroke in 2014 is there and the whole stone had been removed for the work to be done.

‘But now it can’t go back on until this is dealt with, at the moment just a slab sits there. I will get what he wants on there no matter what.’

But Dave Bramwell, the council’s head of green space and street scene, said: ‘We understand the sentiment here and the personal memories involved for the family. However, this is not appropriate language in what is a public cemetery.’

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