ANY remaining Christmas wreaths will be removed from borough cemeteries in February.

Bereavement services staff need to take away the floral tributes in preparation for the start of their spring maintenance programme at the end of next month.

Wreaths will be removed from the grounds of Overpool and Neston cemeteries from Monday, February 2.

Grave owners and visitors who would like to keep their wreaths are advised to retrieve them before this date.

Julie Proctor, the borough council’s bereavement services manager, said: “There are many, beautiful wreaths brought to the cemeteries at Christmas time but unfortunately by February we do have to start removing them to allow us to commence our spring maintenance programme.

“Notices have been placed in both of our cemeteries to let people know that this will happen and give them plenty of time to collect their wreaths if they wish.”