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Overlooking the serene South Bay, nestled among the ageing headstones in what is now partly a car park, is the burial place of one of England’s great literary heroines.The Record reviews briefly the US release of Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights on DVD/Blu-ray.
However, the passing of time left Anne Brontë’s grave at St Mary’s Church almost undetectable, with weather scarring the headstone as crumbling chunks of lettering fell from the frontage.
The decaying dedication posed a dilemma for The Brontë Society, which wanted to preserve the grave but not disturb the tribute that had been put in place by Anne’s sister Charlotte.
The resolution was to place a new plaque at the site of the grave, carrying the wording of the original headstone as well as the correction of a few mistakes.
To mark the installion of the interpretive plaque members of The Brontë Society travelled from far and wide for a dedication and blessing service at the Scarborough church, paying respect to the author famous for writing Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Led by the Rev Martin Dunning, the service featured prayers and readings of several of Anne’s works by members of the Society.
Speaking from the graveside following the service, Sally McDonald, chairman of The Brontë Society’s council, said: “Today is the culmination of several years of decision work about what to do to make sure that the headstone is preserved but that the grave isn’t disturbed.
“We hope we have provided a neutral compromise so everyone who comes will know where she is buried.
“I’m very pleased to see so many people here for the dedication and blessing. It just shows, on such a cold and wet day, the value people place on preserving this grave. It is a pleasure to honour her in this modest way, in the coastal town she loved so much.” [...]
Rev Martyn Dunning said Anne’s grave is an important and popular site at St Mary’s Church. He said: “Her grave is very much visited. Lots of people very much enjoy visiting it and the church, they come from all over the world to see where Anne is buried.
“We have a Bronte corner in the church where we keep the words of Anne’s final poem. The space is a tangible link between the church and the grave.”
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