Widow’s upset over memorial mistakes

Grave upset: Maria Sirianni with her husbands gravestone
Grave upset: Maria Sirianni with her husbands gravestone

A Burnley widow said she has been left distraught after claiming stone masons made repeated mistakes with her husband’s headstone.

Mrs Maria Sirianni (43), of Gainsborough Avenue, has alleged mistakes were made in the inscription, a plaque of her husband’s face was left covered in glue and a special statue she travelled to Sicily to buy was smashed by Robertson Memorials in Cemetery Lane.

Mrs Sirianni, whose husband of 25 years Vincenzo died in February, said the company had offered to reimburse her for the cost of the headstone and the statue but she said the situation had added to her grief. “They told me they were struggling because the inscription was in Italian and harder for them to do,” said Mrs Sirianni, who runs Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Crawshawbooth. “I’m only 43 and I’m a widow.

“ I went to Sicily to buy the statue specially, you can’t buy them over here. It’s diabolical. You put so much confidence in people and then this happens.” A spokesman for Robertson Memorials refused to comment on individual customers and said the matter was still ongoing.