Family ordered to remove Arsenal shirt tribute from dad’s grave

first_imgAdvertisement Comment The grave also has beer can tributes (Picture: SWNS)Mrs Brown added: ‘My daughter made the cross and we had artificial flowers sprayed red and yellow for the Arsenal home and away shirt.‘Every time people went there they said how really nice and colourful it looked. They said it looked amazing.In a letter, she was told she must remove the Arsenal football shirt and the cross it is on, artificial flowers spelling out the words ‘dad’, ‘grandad’ and ‘husband’, and the two beers cans.She was told they were ‘not appropriate’ and do not ‘conform’ to cemetery rules.Mrs Brown said her son has written to her local MP regarding the incident.She said: ‘I am so emotional about it and find it deeply offensive the use of the word inappropriate.’More: UKScotland outlines tier system as millions face new restrictions across UKLondoners ‘should be paid a Universal Basic Income if circuit-breaker comes in’Queen criticised for not wearing face mask in first appearance since lockdownIn the same row is another grave which also has a football shirt on a cross along with an array of other personal tributes.In a statement, Exeter City Council added: ‘Everyone who comes to the cemetery comes to grieve. It is a really special place for so many people.‘Therefore we need to uphold some basic principles on behalf of everyone who considers it a sacred place.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Despite the difficulty in writing to someone who will be on a journey of grief, we have to do so for the benefit of others.’ Dee and Andrew Brown (Picture: SWNS)Mrs Brown, of Exeter, Devon, said: ‘He just absolutely loved Arsenal. He was a gunner in the army and Arsenal was his biggest passion.‘He had every shirt and my son turned them into pillows for us after he died.‘We wanted things on display that were a big part of life and it is not nice they are taking away what he loved.‘This has sent me right back again and brought up all the old heartache.Mrs Brown now faces a battle with Exeter City Council after she said she would not be removing the shirt.She described her husband, who died from cirrhosis of the liver, as a hardworking man who started drinking to block up some trauma from his childhood.He was well known for enjoying cans of John Smiths at family celebrations – and two cans of his favourite beer are also draped over the memorial.The couple married in 1982 and had four children and 12 grandchildren. Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk. For more stories like this, check our news page. Family ordered to remove Arsenal shirt tribute from dad’s grave his family has been ordered to remove the tribute (Picture: SWNS)center_img Jimmy NsubugaFriday 28 Feb 2020 12:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link497Shares Andrew Brown’s grave disrupted by wind (Picture: SWNS) Andrew Brown’s tribute at his grave (Picture: SWNS)The family of a life-long Arsenal fan who died in 2018 have been told they are not allowed to leave a team jersey at his grave.Exeter City Council has ordered Andrew Brown’s relatives to remove a football shirt from his burial site.The father-of-four died aged 57 two years ago and loved ones celebrated his life with a shrine at his resting place.They installed a famous red and white football shirt taking centre stage hanging on a cross.ADVERTISEMENTBut following a recent inspection, his widow Dee Brown, 61, received a letter from the council ordering her to remove the personal tributes.AdvertisementAdvertisementShe has now been given two weeks before they are forcibly taken away. Advertisement Sign Up for News UpdatesGet your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and moreSign upNot convinced? Find out more »last_img read more

Dodgers to promote pitcher Dustin May to Double-A Tulsa

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