1st July 2020
HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Brookwood Cemetery
This week (Wednesday 1st July), The Earl of Wessex visited Brookwood Cemetery to learn about the work of the Surrey Local Resilience Forum Death Management Team and thank cemetery staff who have worked through the COVID-19 outbreak.
His Royal Highness met Woking Borough Council’s Strategic Asset Manager, Ian Tomes, who spoke to The Earl about the team’s work over recent months. The Earl also met members of the cemetery team who have worked throughout the Covid-19 crisis to provide an important service for the bereaved and their relatives.
Due to its huge scale and capacity, Brookwood continues to be a favoured resting place. During his visit, The Earl had the opportunity to talk to members of the Surrey Local Resilience Forum responsible for managing the excess deaths caused by Coronavirus. Via Zoom, His Royal Highness listened to the challenges faced by the county’s coroner, funeral directors, mortuary and crematoria staff, and conversed with different faith leaders about their experiences during this time.
The Earl thanked everyone for their important role in preserving the dignity and respect of those who have lost their lives during the pandemic and praised the support given to the bereaved and an exceptionally difficult time.
During the visit, The Earl was also shown the route of the old railway line and south station platforms by which coffin trains brought bodies into the cemetery and from there, His Royal Highness was taken to St Edward the Martyr Orthodox Church, which contains the relics of Edward II, the young Saxon King slain at Corfe Castle in 978.
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