Many supporters will be aware that there has been a recent change in the Club's policy regarding bereavement and the loss of members of the United family who have sadly passed.
For many years supporters have been allowed to leave floral tributes to loved ones on the hill located at the Club shop end of the Cherry Street car park.
Floral tributes have always been accepted when laid, although over a period of time more permanent items have been placed there, which this makes care and tending of the area by the ground staff a sensitive task.
Unbelievably there has been a degree of vandalism over a period of time. The car park is open to all 24 hours a day and it is clear at times that some do not share the sense of loss and respect that others do.
As a result it has been decided that, although the laying of flowers will continue to be allowed and indeed encouraged, any other ceramic, plastic or permanent tribute or card will be removed. As all at the Club are sensitive to the process it has been agreed that their removal will take place on the 20th July. Any tribute removed will be stored by the Club and families and friends will be able to collect such items from the ground for repatriation elsewhere.
Moving forward the Club is in dialogue with its Chaplain to locate somewhere within its footprint a permanent memorial area which can be a safe and controlled area for loved ones to leave and visit a lasting, tasteful and fitting tribute to those who have passed on.
We ask that the current area is left as a natural grass bank that we can keep and tend accordingly. Once again, we reiterate that floral tributes may be left towards the front wall area and plaques may be purchased and fitted to the memorial wall itself.
We hope all understand our reasons as we understand the need for compassion in such matters at all times.
A copy of the bereavement policy can be found in full on the Official Website and the Club Charter.