Two new gravestones have been erected recently in St Margaret of Antioch churchyard in Rottingdean to replace those which had been removed in June 2020 .
The Church had covered up the two gravestones (put up in 1962) which had had “deeply offensive” inscriptions. Now the two headstones had been re-inscribed with the same design but with different wording.
G.H. Elliott (1882 – 1962) and Alice Banford (1884 – 1962) were both Music Hall singers but were promoted as minstrels in wording that reflected that style of song and dance.
When a parishoner in 2000 objected to those stones being there, formal church court procedures were invoked and the new stones are now in place.