and Highbridge cemeteries to allow gravestone QR codes
town councillors last night (Monday) gave the go-ahead for gravestones
in the town's cemeteries to be given modern makeovers.
are to be allowed on gravestones for the first time at Burnham
and Highbridge's three cemeteries, allowing visitors to find out
more about the person laid to rest there.
scanned on a smartphone, the square codes known as Quick
Response or QR codes launch a web page which contains a
biography of the deceased. The page can include a profile of the
person, photographs and videos of them, plus tributes from family
decision to allow the QR codes was made during Monday's meeting
of the Town Council's Joint Burial Committee following a debate
about whether to proceed given their rising use across the UK.
a QR code on a gravestone will be entirely optional and of the
family's choosing," explained Burnham and Highbridge Town
Clerk Denise Emery.
web pages would also be controlled and maintained entirely by
the family of the deceased or people connected with the organisation
behind the memorial."
have spoken with a couple of stone masons - one of whom came back
with the feedback that the church felt it was not appropriate,
while some others are more favourable. While we have not been
approached by a stonemason to request this on memorials here,
we are pre-empting future enquiries."
Ken Smout said: "The codes will need to be discrete and small
to ensure they are in keeping. If they maintain the dignity of
the surroundings then I would have no objection."
committee agreed to draw up a new council policy regarding their
use. This would include allowing only small QR codes.