320 pay out after bizarre burial in Northumberland It follows a hearing of the Church of England's Consistory Court in which our report of the bizarre impromptu ceremony was read out.
It was in June 2014, a year after Sharpe's death, that Dr Montserrat Verdaguer i Clavera drove 1,200 miles from Spain where they lived to St Aidan's Church in Thockrington.There, Montserrat buried his ashes along with a bottle of whisky, a Cuban cigar and a pen.Photographs of Tom Sharpe, at Throcklington ChurchEuan Duff, Chancellor of the Diocese of Newcastle and a judge of the Consistory Court, told the hearing that in November last year the Rev Michael Slade, Vicar of St Aidan's, carried out a dig in the churchyard.He unearthed what Chancellor Duff described used burberry jacket for sale as "some loose mortal remains (ashes) from a small plastic bag, a medium sized bottle of Famous Grouse whisky, a fountain pen, two small tea light candles and two red plastic numerals (broken)."Chancellor Duff, who had given permission for the exhumation, said in his written ruling to the court on the matter that Tom Sharpe died in June 2013 in Llafranc in North East Spain. The items found in the church yard are said to have been put there without permission by Dr Montserrat Verdaguer Clavera.Chancellor Duff continued: "A funeral service was held for him in Spain on 9 June 2013 at which Dr Verdaguer spoke as did Mr Sharpe's wife, Nancy Sharpe. He was apparently cremated and, according to what Dr Verdaguer has later claimed, the majority of his ashes were taken by his widow, but some were left with Dr Verdaguer."The first the Rev Slade heard of plans for Sharpe's ashes to be put in his church yard was when a official burberry outlet online store story appeared in the local Newcastle Journal in 2013 suggesting they would be scattered at the church. On that date a further article appeared in the Newcastle Journal reporting that Tom Sharpe's ashes had been buried, in Thockrington churchyard, along with a bottle of whisky, a cigar and his favourite pen, by Dr Verdaguer who had been accompanied by a local man named as Charlie Harrison and a Spanish film crew."The article described what was said to have happened and a photograph of some flowers and a plaque that had been placed in burberry europe online the churchyard appeared. There were further photographs, including one of an urn with burberry factory outlet a certificate on the outside, on the newspaper's website.
"Tom Sharpes partner Montserrat Verdaguer, with Charlie Harrison, at Throcklington ChurchSharpe's widow "expressed her surprise and distress" at what had occurred, though she acknowledged that she knew Sharpe would have wished to have been buried at Thockrington, says the Chancellor.When contacted Dr Verdaguer, who took no part in the Consistory Court proceedings, claimed that an empty casket had been buried in the church yard and that the whole exercise had been "just a TV documentary.".
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