Because the council refuses to open the cemetery gates on the anniversary of her husband’s death, the widow is unable to pay her respects to him.

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On the anniversary of her husband’s death, the widow is unable to visit his grave because the council refuses to open the cemetery gates.

Roger Parsons, Lilian’s husband of over 50 years, died in 2019, but she claims she won’t be able to visit him on their anniversary because the council won’t open the cemetery gates.

A widow claims she won’t be able to visit her husband’s grave on their wedding anniversary because the cemetery’s gates will not be opened by the council.

Before Roger’s death in 2019, Lilian Parsons, 76, had been married to him for over 50 years.

Mrs Parsons used to be able to visit her husband’s grave at St Woolos cemetery in Newport, Wales, whenever she wanted before the pandemic, but that changed when Covid restrictions were imposed a year after Roger’s death.

She claimed she had no objections to the restrictions and understood their importance at the time, but she is still required to make an appointment if she wishes to visit her husband’s grave by car on weekdays, according to Wales Online.

The cemetery is now open to walkers seven days a week, with cars allowed in on weekends, according to the Newport City Council.

Mrs. Parsons, who suffers from arthritis and a heart condition, claims she can’t walk from the cemetery’s entrance to her husband’s grave without feeling ill.

She claims that this means she won’t be able to visit her husband’s grave on their anniversary, which is today (Monday, January 10).

“I desperately want to go there on Monday to spend some time, and I keep calling them, but I don’t get a response,” she explained.

“On weekends and holidays, it’s open, but otherwise it’s closed.”

You’re supposed to be able to schedule an appointment, but I’ve never been able to do so.

“On weekends, it’s packed because it’s the only time that so many people can get in because they rely on cars.”

I paid a lot of money for the plot, and this is what we get.

“Many others in my situation are suffering as a result of these limitations.”

Mrs. Parsons’ son, Nigel, said the family was perplexed by the council’s explanations.

“This isn’t happening anywhere else in Wales,” he explained, “so why is it happening here?”

“We had no problems before Covid, and the cemetery was always open, so what has changed? It’s a big cemetery, and there’s plenty of room for everyone.”

According to Mrs. Parsons, the situation has had a significant impact.

The news is summarized by Brinkwire.

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