ONE of Tony Lane’s final wishes was to have his ashes interred next to singer Dusty Springfield at St Mary’s Church in Henley.
The funeral for the record-breaking town mayor took place at the church last month. But his ashes had to be buried about five yards away from the singer, who died in 1999.
Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary’s, tells me that the land to the left of the path is not open for burial and special dispensation had been given for Springfield’s burial there.
“All others are buried on the right side of the path and will be until that is finished,” he says. “We will then have to apply for permission from the chancellor of the diocese to continue on the other side.”