A NEW grave maintenance service by a Darwen friends group has been launched. The Friends of Darwen Cemetery would carry out work to graves four times a year for a fee of £20.
Before the service can be signed up to, volunteers from the group will do a one-off clearance of the grave site, undertaking heavy work to ensure it is left in an easy to maintain state.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s executive member for environment Coun Faryad Hussain said: “I think this is a very good idea from the Friends of Darwen Cemetery.
“It is innovative, will be a good affordable service for relatives and will help the group get income to continue its great work within the cemetery.
“We are fully supportive of it.
“By everyone working together we can make the borough a better place.”