IT’S hard to understand the thinking behind Kirklees Council’s decision to unveil a memorial to babies buried in unmarked graves and not invite any of the families.
There was a photocall for the event in Edgerton Cemetery for tomorrow, but it transpired only Kirklees councillors would be there to go on the photograph.
Bruce Jackson, the grieving father who spearheaded the campaign to have the memorial, knew nothing about it.
Neither did any of the other families or the hospital chaplaincy which dealt with the families at that most traumatic time in their lives.
It just begs the question – what was tomorrow’s event all about?
The families should surely have been at the heart of all this with a simple and moving service to capture the terrible grief that has burdened them over so many years.
The council’s claim that it did not wish to contact the parents of these children as it was reluctant to stir up old emotions and memories for those involved in tragic events in the past seems a bizarre logic.
Think how upset these parents would have been when they opened the Examiner and saw councillors – total strangers – stood by the memorial yet they knew nothing?