Grandmother’s last wish to have gnomes lining funeral route scuppered

Over her lifetime she had collected a series of  garden gnomes from all over the country.

So when it came to her funeral, Veronica Pratt had one special request – she wanted the colourful little characters to line the route.

The family of the 82-year-old grandmother duly obliged, placing 30 of them on a roundabout past which the cortege would drive.

Killjoys: Council workers remove the gnomes grandmother Veronica Pratt had wanted to be left lining her funeral route in Pembrokeshire
Killjoys: Council workers remove the gnomes grandmother Veronica Pratt had wanted to be left lining her funeral route in Pembrokeshire

But almost inevitably, the  touching tribute fell foul to that scourge of modern life – the elf ’n’ safety police.

The gnomes were scooped up by council officials who said the little figures could be a ‘danger by distracting passing drivers’.