Maddiston cemetery visit ends with broken ankle

Historian David Leask is still recuperating at home after his fall in Muiravonside cemetery. Picture: Gary hutchison (132957b)
Historian David Leask is still recuperating at home after his fall in Muiravonside cemetery. Picture: Gary hutchison (132957b)
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A local historian who fell and broke his ankle in a waterlogged cemetery lay for an hour before receiving help.

David Leask, who runs Maddiston & Rumford Local History Group, says the ground at the bottom of Muiravonside is a “bog”. It’s the third cemetery in the Braes to attract complaints over its condition recently.

Mr Leask, who is doing research in the cemetery, was making his way to a stone near the Cenotaph when he slipped, breaking his left ankle in three places.

The 63-year-old managed to claw his way up onto a gravestone out of the mud, but was left frustrated for over an hour until two Good Samaritans came to his aid.

Mr Leask said: “The problem is the water drains to the bottom and stays. People feel the cemetery needs some work done to improve it. I can’t thank the two ladies - Linda and Mary - enough for helping me and would like to contact them.”

A spokesperson for Falkirk Council, which maintains cemeteries, said the network of paths provides “reasonable” access for visitors and urged them to take care “to deal with varying conditions, especially following wet weather”.

Muiravonside Parish Church Minister Reverend Louise McClements said she was aware of complaints, but said employees “worked hard to maintain the grounds” and were always “kind and obliging”.