Hope for fire-hit cemetery shelter

IT is the last thing that grieving relatives want to see but now there is hope that this charred wreck will rise from the ashes.Two years ago arsonists reduced this historic shelter in Ipswich cemetery to a burnt-out shell, fenced off from the grounds surrounding it.

IT is the last thing that grieving relatives want to see but now there is hope that this charred wreck will rise from the ashes.

Two years ago arsonists reduced this historic shelter in Ipswich cemetery to a burnt-out shell, fenced off from the grounds surrounding it.

However a sign, newly posted on the side of the structure, situated a short distance inside from the Belvedere Road entrance to the centre, suggests the building will soon be restored to its former glory.

It reads: "For Information. Work is currently in progress for this shelter to be rebuilt later this year."

It may have taken 24 months for work to begin but Ipswich Borough Council said it had not forgotten about the building during that time.

A spokeswoman said: "The sign was put up a couple of weeks ago to let people know that we haven't forgotten about it.

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"It has taken longer than anticipated but we're still progressing with it and planning to get work started soon.

"It is a listed shelter so any work undertaken will restore it to its former glory and meet all the necessary regulations."

Fire took hold of the concrete and wooden shelter on July 10, 2000.

Heavy smoke could be seen from a distance and reports that some people had been seen leaving the scene added to suggestions that the blaze had been started deliberately.

The building was badly damaged as a result.

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