The Community Action Party in our activities in SWinton have engaged with the community and with the community have formed the Friends of Swinton Unitarian Burial Ground. The objectives of the group are to try and preserve the land, care and enhance the land, support relatives and the deceased in their quest to remain in their final resting place.
The group is led by Emma Harrison who I can tell you will do an excellent job as chair and will undoubtedly do a first class job.
I am very proud of the fact that we have already made a difference.
All extracted remains from the burial ground were going to be reburied at Peel Green a Salford cemetery.
The company handling matters didnt even know that a SWinton cemetery existed.
In view of my "Save our Swinton" campaign my stomach turned when I found out that Swintonians were being removed from their home town in death.
One's identity is important. Pte W L Blears the WW1 soldier resting in the burial ground died in a military hospital in Huddersfield and his family brought him home to Swinton and buried him at the Swinton Unitarian burial ground in the family plot.
The company weith Salford Council were going to rebury them at Peel Green. I telephoned the company and told them in no uncertain terms this was unacceptable. I explained Salford's and Swinton's history to them and the fact that new Salford was created in 1974 so these resting are Swintonians and should stay in Swinton and pointed them in the direction of Swinton cemetery.
Asda connfirmed yesterday to us that any reburials would be at Swinton cemetery something I am very proud of.
I am hoping that we can still preserve the burial ground but if not I can be assured that whatever happens their identity as Swintonians in death will not be disrespected.
I know a surviving relative is already grateful for my intervention and is fully supportive of our endeavours.
If you want to take an interest please join our facebook group "Friends of Swinton Unitarian Burial Ground". RIP.