OUT IN THE FIELD: Warding off lurking evil spirits
Like most people I imagine, I always turn straight to what is commonly referred to as the Hatches, Matches and Dispatches section – more formally known as the Births, Marriages and Deaths – of the Herald each week. And aside from there being rather a lot lately, one particular notice caught my eye recently which has turned out to be a very unfortunate state of affairs – the death of Eastbourne resident Mary Pilz. Mary’s niece ordered a pretty floral cardboard coffin for her aunt but has been left devastated after learning Eastbourne would not accept the eco-friendly coffin. Apparently after a “risk assessment” Eastbourne Borough Council decided not to accept paper product coffins for cremation because during the cremation process “fly ash and residue can interfere with emission treatment and monitoring systems, in place to meet stringent emission limits laid down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs”. In this eco-friendly day and age I would have thought cardboard or paper coffins would be all the ecologically-sound rage but the fact you can use a wooden coffin is pretty appalling. You couldn’t make it up.

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