Family move son’s ashes to Tansley

At Peace - Partners Chantelle and Elle of sisters Lindsay and Jo Kirk, father Peter Kirk, nephew Rafe and mother Christine Kirk pictured by the new memorial at Steeple Arch cemetary near Black Rocks for their son and brother Stuart Kirk.
At Peace - Partners Chantelle and Elle of sisters Lindsay and Jo Kirk, father Peter Kirk, nephew Rafe and mother Christine Kirk pictured by the new memorial at Steeple Arch cemetary near Black Rocks for their son and brother Stuart Kirk.
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Grieving parents have moved their son’s ashes – after being ordered by church bosses to remove flowers from his resting place.

Christine and Peter Kirk, of Oak Tree Gardens, Tansley, whose 24-year-old son Stuart died from a brain haemorrhage seven years ago, have been fighting the ruling for almost a year.

But the church council refused to relent on its strict guidelines so the couple made the difficult and rare decision to move Stuart’s ashes from Tansley Parish Church to Steeple Arch cemetery near Black Rocks at Cromford, on Tuesday.

Mrs Kirk said: “It has been a very difficult time but we are happy with where he is going.

“We can lay flowers at Black Rocks and it was a place he was familiar with so we are at peace putting him there.”

For more on this story see the Matlock Mercury.