Shock as Man finds own grave at cementery

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A man said to be alive has found his own grave at a cementery has cried out. Metro has reported.

Alan Hattel who blamed his ex-wife for putting the grave stone there, though admits he cannot be certain said he had realised something was not right because his social life has been deathly quiet for the past three or four months.

Mr Hattel said the headstone was erected at Newmonthill Cemetery in Forfar and it was done without his knowledge.

Alan, 75, a retired welder from Forfar, Tayside, said: ‘My phone hasn’t rung for three or four months. I’ve been confused by it all but now I know why nobody has been calling. ‘I don’t even want to be buried – I plan to be cremated.’

He declared: ‘I’m still alive’, as he stood beside his headstone and said reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.

He has also spoken to Angus Council officials and plans to put a cover over the headstone which bears his name. The 75-year-old, who spent 37 years as a welder before retiring, claimed his ex-wife has bought the plot of land and put up the headstone with the intention of them being buried together. Both their names appear on the headstone.

‘I’ve never, ever said I wanted to be buried alongside my ex-wife,’ said Mr Hattel, who has two grown-up children with his former spouse.

‘We’ve been separated 26 years and there’s no animosity but I’m struggling to take it all in.

‘To find out you have a gravestone in a cemetery while you are still alive isn’t something that happens every day.’

A family member at Mrs Hattel’s home said: ‘This is a family matter being dealt with privately.’

Angus Council said it was unable to discuss the issue or disclose any information about who purchased the plot.