Ashes of Kelso deceased may find local resting place

New Kelso cemetery on the Ednam road.
New Kelso cemetery on the Ednam road.

A suggestion from a local community councillor could see the ashes of those with links to Kelso finding a resting place in the town’s cemetery.

Councillor John King flagged up the situation that there is nowhere for the ashes of deceased people from Kelso or with links to the town, to be scattered in the town.

Mr King has suggested that a wall in the new cemetery could be used to afix plaques in memory of those who have been cremated.

A memorial garden could also be formed where urns containing ashes could be laid at the foot of the wall.

He said: “I just feel there should be somewhere where the families of those who have been cremated can go and pay their respects and for generations afterwards.

“People often come to the Borders if they have family links to the area and want to find out more about those connections.

“But for anyone from the town who has been cremated at Melrose or up in Edinburgh – well, there’s nowhere in Kelso for their ashes or a place recording their passing and that they were from here.”

Mr King suggested there could be a grant available to carry out any needed work at the cemetery.

Local Scottish Borders councillor, Alec Nicol, has now asked the local authority about the possibility of having such a project, but is still waiting an official response.

“I think it’s a good idea though,” he agreed and he will report back to councillors.