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Husband and spouse buried collectively after 17 years within the incorrect grave

The Diocese of Durham has launched an investigation into the error (Image: North Information & Footage Ltd)

The physique of a father who was buried within the incorrect grave has been buried in the proper place after almost twenty years.

Thomas Bell was buried within the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church in Wingate, County Durham, in 2005.

For 17 years, his household frequented the incorrect resting place which was solely two meters away from the place he can be buried.

It wasn’t till his spouse Hilda Bell handed away in June that members of the family realized that their beloved one was not the place they’d thought.

His son, Tom, 58, and sisters Denise, 59, and Debra, 53, deliberate to have her relaxation subsequent to Thomas after a funeral service on July 1.

However simply days earlier than the funeral, it was found that another person had been buried in his grave, and his coffin was nowhere to be discovered.

Over the subsequent six weeks, eight graves had been excavated in hopes of discovering Thomas’s stays, including additional distress to the grieving household.

Tom Bell had visited the incorrect grave for almost twenty years (Image: North Information & Footage Ltd)
Hilda and Thomas Bell have been laid to relaxation collectively (Image: North Information & Footage Ltd)

Almost two months after Hilda’s dying, she is buried on the plot her husband has laid all these years after a funeral service on Friday.

“We could not relaxation till in spite of everything this time they had been again collectively and reunited,” stated Tom.

“We had lived our lives from everyday hoping that each cellphone name was the message that he had been discovered.

“After they instructed me they discovered him, I needed to ask them twice in the event that they had been certain it was him.

“Now we are able to lastly start to grieve for our mom, understanding that they had been laid to relaxation collectively.”

The plot the place the household believed their father was buried (Image: North Information & Footage Ltd)

It is not but clear how the accident occurred – or what number of, if any, extra our bodies have been buried within the incorrect place in Wingate cemetery.

The Diocese of Durham, which is liable for burials within the cemetery, has launched a ‘classes realized’ inquiry.

A spokesperson stated: ‘We’re grateful that Mr and Mrs Bell’s household is now in a position to let their mom relaxation in the identical grave as their father and grieve in peace.

“We’ll now search to analyze why a troubling mistake was made 17 years in the past concerning the situation of headstones and be sure that any classes that may be realized are recognized and acted upon.”

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