Ossett headstone saga comes to an end

1st November 2011' After several wranglings with Christ Church in Ossett, the bereaved Barlow family have finally had a headstone approved. This week also marks exactly a year since the well-loved Sandra died unexpectedly after an operation'Pictured: Steph Price, Irvin Barlow, Kevin Auty, Brett Barlow, Terry Barlow.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

1st November 2011' After several wranglings with Christ Church in Ossett, the bereaved Barlow family have finally had a headstone approved. This week also marks exactly a year since the well-loved Sandra died unexpectedly after an operation'Pictured: Steph Price, Irvin Barlow, Kevin Auty, Brett Barlow, Terry Barlow.'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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A GRIEVING family’s headstone saga has finally been resolved after their latest design was approved.

Irvin Barlow spoke out in fury in July when he was told a brick red headstone designed for his wife Sandra had been rejected for being the wrong colour and slightly too large.

A second design featuring a rose was also rejected.

But a smaller, black headstone now stands at South Ossett graveyard, on Manor Road, following approval from the Diocese of Wakefield.

Sandra, who was much-loved in Gawthorpe for taking part in the village’s famous coal race, died a year ago following an operation, aged 50.

Mr Barlow, of Swithenbank Avenue, Gawthorpe, said he was relieved that the tribute had finally been approved.

He said: “This has caused us all a big headache but finally after three attempts Sandra can be laid to rest. We were upset that we could not have a rose on the headstone but we have gone with an angel instead.”

Mr Irvin wanted to thank Trinity Church vicar Paul Maybury and funeral director Neil Brooke, of George Brooke Ltd, for helping to fight for the right headstone on the family’s behalf.

Wakefield Diocese said regulations were similar across the country and existed to make sure the character of graveyards was maintained.

The Ven Peter Townley, Archdeacon of Pontefract, said he was glad that the situation had been resolved.

He said: “I wish to assure the family at this time of my best prayers and thoughts.”