Variety of tours set to unveil Worthing cemetery history

Visitors on the Unusual Deaths cemet2ry tour
Visitors on the Unusual Deaths cemet2ry tour
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The Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery are set to hold a variety of events.

The team is currently preparing their 2017 programme of tours, which are held on the first Saturday of each month from April through to October. The tours will begin at 11am and each one will follow a new theme. They are free of charge and, for a small donation, teas, coffees and delicious, homemade cakes will be on offer too. The group meet inside the main entrance in South Farm Road at 10.50am and those who are interested in coming along are invited to join in.

The cemetery first opened in 1863 and is bursting with fantastic stories of those buried within it. The first tour will be on Saturday, April 1, and is entitled Unusual Gravestones. The tour guides have chosen some of the more unusual graves and headstones in the cemetery to see. They have researched the lives of those who are buried beneath these gravestones and have some great stories to share. A talk on Equine Matters - all things horse related, such as blacksmiths, vets, and jockeys - will take place on May 6. On June 3, a talk entitled Fatal Accidents will take place. This will explore how some of Worthing’s residents met their deaths in some gruesome accidents.

A talk entitled Relatively Speaking will take place on July 1. During this event, some friends will dress up as their ancestors, stand at their ancestors’ graves, and talk about their lives. On August 5, stories of the lives of past residents of the once prestigious Park Crescent will be told in the Park Crescent Residents talk. A talk on September 2 will look at several local people who took their own lives, and the October 7 talk will look at some of the women of Worthing who played their part in the history of the town, including Rose Wilmot, the founder of the youth centre in Durrington. There will also be three Sunday afternoon tours which start at 2pm: Victorian Worthing on July 16, Nature, Flora and Fauna on August 20, and a general tour on September 24.The group also meets at 10am on the last Saturday of every month to carry out some clearance work on the graves. Participants are invited to join in and help.

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