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The Local Authorities' Cemeteries Order 1977

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Removal of tombstones

12.  Where the burial authority propose to re-erect at another place in the cemetery or elsewhere, or to remove from the cemetery and destroy, any tombstone or other memorial, not being a tombstone or other memorial provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the owner of the right to place and maintain, or the person granted permission to place, the tombstone or other memorial may, whether or not he gives notice of objection under paragraph 9 or 10, claim the tombstone or other memorial. A claim under this paragraph shall be made before the date specified in the notice under paragraph 3 or, where the tombstone or other memorial is to be removed with the approval of the Secretary of State, within the period of two months after the notification required by paragraph 9 or 10.

The tombstone or other memorial shall be removed by the person claiming it at such date as may be arranged between such person and the burial authority or if the burial authority give notice to such person that it has been removed from the ground or dismantled, and is available for removal from the cemetery, within one month of such notice.

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