The ground was broken on Leverington’s new cemetery on Monday morning.
With space fast running out in the church burial ground – there are only three plots left – the village is in desperate need of an additional cemetery.
Parish council chairman Sylvia Tooke had the honour of cutting the sod on the land off Church Road and she surprised fellow councillor Greta Williams by asking her to help, in appreciation of the 30-plus years she has given to the council. Mrs Tooke also praised the hard work of parish clerk Beryl Boyce.
Mrs Tooke said: “This was allotment land that was bequeathed to the council to do what we wish with. There are not many people who want ground for growing, so we made the decision several years ago to get this on track.”
It has taken around two years to get through all the applications and plans, but provision has been made for about the next 60 years.
Work can now start to create the road and plumb in a water supply so the cemetery can be used.