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Undertaker gets parking ticket while collecting a body

Undertaker John Abercrombie was given a parking ticket while collecting a body from a Tweedmouth care home.

Undertaker John Abercrombie was given a parking ticket while collecting a body from a Tweedmouth care home.

An angry undertaker has revealed his astonishment after being given a parking ticket while collecting a body from a care home.

John Abercrombie was parked outside a care home in Tweedmouth with his funeral collection car, which has darkened windows and a slide for the coffin, when he returned to find a £70 ticket.

Mr Abercrombie, 65, said: “I was parked in Tweedmouth House’s loading bay in Union Brae, which I’ve done many times before.

“I was inside collecting the deceased when it happened – I couldn’t believe it. I have heard of a doctor who was booked for parking while making a care home call on a sick resident.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous, I was not a happy bunny.

“The only other place I could park would be under the new bridge on the Tweedmouth 
waterfront, but that would mean wheeling deceased people down the street and across a busy road, which would hardly be dignified.”

Mr Abercrombie’s black Galaxy funeral car has a slide platform in the back for transporting coffins, which he claimed made it “obvious” why he was parked.

A nurse at Tweedmouth Care Home said the council don’t even allow staff to park on Union Brae.

Annie Jose, 50, said: “Our manager had to pay a £60 fine once. It’s the road closest to the side door which we use for easy access. It’s just not fair.”

The undertaker’s anger was backed by long-serving Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith, who contacted the council to waive the fine.

Sir Alan described the move as “crazy” saying: “We will work with Pat Thomlinson, the manager at Tweedmouth House, to make sure there is no repeat of this sorry incident.”

A Northumberland council official said: “There was no marking on his car saying he was an undertaker, but the ticket has since been rescinded.”

Mr Abercrombie, of Crookham village, has been an undertaker for 50 years, starting when he was 15.

His wife Margaret said they were both very pleased with the quick action taken to ensure they wouldn’t foot the bill.

“It was an injustice righted in two hours,” she said.

 

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