Council waives fee for 'unknown baby' grave

By Peter Winter


By Peter Winter


Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has agreed to waive fees covering provision of a permanent memorial for an unknown infant found under floorboards in a derelict property in Portstewart.

As reported in the Chronicle last month, a community group's campaign to erect a headstone resulted in a local undertaker's pledging to provide one free of charge

At last Tuesday's meeting of the Environmental Services Committee, members agreed council charges should also be waived.

It was further agreed to write a letter of thanks to funeral director Hugh Wade.

The remains of the baby were found by workmen in 2009.

The tiny skeleton was wrapped in a faded copy of the London Evening Standard dated June 1935.

Despite an exhaustive investigation police were unable to establish the identity of the baby, the person who hid its body or even relatives of anyone involved.

*See the full story in this week's Chronicle.

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