Year’s last tour of cemetery

30 Battery 16 Regiment Royal Artillery lead the annual St George's Day parade through Emsworth town centre.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (180463-23)

Cheers erupt as soldiers march through Emsworth for St George’s Day

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THE Friends of Highland Road Cemetery are offering tours in an effort to preserve the historic graveyard.

The Alternative Tour will gives people the chance to find names they recognise and read up on 250 stories about those buried in the cemetery.

Among them are a prince, Charles Dickens’ mistress, relatives of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling, as well as eight Victoria Cross holders and four holders of the Royal Red Cross.

Volunteers will be on hand to help find the graves of loved ones and the group say their tour is disability friendly and proceeds at a leisurely pace.

Group trustee Irene Strange said: ‘It will be a gentle stroll around the cemetery staying to the path, to help us preserve and protect this historic place.’

Entry to the chapel is free and the tour costs £3.

The last tour of the season will leave at 2pm on Sunday September 18. Tours will resume in spring 2012.