There was a grave in Jesmond Old Cemetery - and it was sad and neglected. It belonged to a man named Thomas Burt. Thomas Burt was born in 1837 to a Backworth family and at the age of ten, he started working in the pits. He used to walk to Newcastle to buy books and use the library, where he taught himself to read and write, among other things. Later in his life he became involved in the trade unions and became an MP. This should strike you as an amazing story because it is.
I had never heard of this man until last week. Thankfully there are people in this city who have helped to raise funds to clean up the grave and tomorrow will celebrate the renovation which it clearly deserved. I was asked to make up some flowers for the occasion so I kept it fairly seasonal and even got some homegrown muscari and pear blossom in there. Much as I love weddings, it’s nice to pick up a little commission like this and to learn something new.
It’s just as well I love wedding work since there was a bit of it this weekend.
And just as I was mourning the fact that the spiraea would soon end, this happened. Just in case anyone is interested… they’re back.