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‘My son’s memorial has been ruined’

A GRIEVING mum has branded bosses at Robin Hood Cemetery ‘cruel’ and ‘insensitive’ after mementos placed on her son’s memorial tree and bench were stripped away, she claims, without warning.

A GRIEVING mum has branded bosses at Robin Hood Cemetery ‘cruel’ and ‘insensitive’ after mementos placed on her son’s memorial tree and bench were stripped away, she claims, without warning.

The two-year-old’s name plaque was also removed.

Olga Orlandini from Bramcote Drive in Solihull lost little Gianluca Orlandini-Field in 2005 to a massive heart attack . Gianluca was born with the rare Williams Syndrome which affects just one in 50,000 children but he also suffered from a rare heart condition.

“For five years I have put lovely flowers around his memorial tree in Robin Hood Cemetery. His little friends would draw pictures and place seashells there sometimes as well. It was our sanctuary but now the staff have just destroyed it,” said the 35-year-old.

“I have had many arguments with the cemetery about this. Once a groundsman came up to me and said that the little mementoes on the tree and bench were ‘distasteful’. How can they be?

“I have paid so much for the bench and tree and they told me I was unable to renew the tree this month as I had put flowers in vases around it which was not allowed.

“I then went to the cemetery a couple of weeks ago to find everything had been stripped away including his teddy that he had when he was born. They had also turfed over the site. When we phoned, staff said most of the mementos had been put in black bin bags”.

Olga, who has two other children Olivia, 13 and Massimo who is four added: “I am in shock and am now unable to go and visit my beautiful son’s memory spot as they have ruined it.”

A spokesman for Solihull Council said: “We realise this is a very sensitive issue and we try to balance the views of all the users of the cemeteries, however in order to keep the cemeteries tidy for all, we try to dissuade people from placing extra ornaments around their memorials.”

 

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