in poignant sea ceremony for former Mayor and Mayoress
A former Mayor and Mayoress of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge had
their final wish granted when their ashes were scattered at sea
on Saturday evening (September 2nd).
late Neville Jones OBE passed away last year after being a well-known
local councillor and supporter of many groups in Burnham and Highbridge,
including BARB Search & Rescue where he was President for 24
his will, he requested that his ashes and those of his late wife,
Margot Jones, be scattered at sea by the rescue hovercraft charity.
of 30 relatives, dignitaries and close friends of the couple gathered
outside the BARB station on Saturday evening where Reverend Graham
Witts, from St Andrew's Church, led a short ceremony with readings.
couple's ashes were then taken by Rev Witts to BARB's Spirit of
Lelaina II hovercraft before being flown out into Bridgwater Bay
on the outgoing tide.
and relatives watched from The Esplanade and onboard a fishing boat
as the ashes were scattered into the water alongside flowers.
was a perfect, moving send-off that fully honoured Neville and Margot's
wishes and we are very grateful to BARB for all their help,"
said John Owens, one of Margot's nephews, who attended alongside
nephew Phillip Owens and great nephew Simon Owens. "It was
just what Neville and Margot wanted, as well as all the family."