THE ASHES of a former Ledbury lady, who was well known for her love of rescued greyhounds, are to be brought back and buried in the town she loved so much.

Mrs Mathilda Harvey, aged 88, died in a care home at Hemel Hempstead on March 30, and her funeral took place on Monday, April 14, at the Chilterns Crematorium.

But for 24 years, from 1987, she was a familiar figure around Ledbury, walking her rescued dogs.

She not only championed the cause of rescued dogs but also became a champion herself at the West of England Greyhound Association Show, winning prizes for one of her rescued dogs, Angel.

Now Ledbury people have the chance to remember Mrs Harvey, and to pay their respects one more time.

Her son, Kevin Harvey said: "We have now arranged to have a service for her at the chapel at Ledbury Cemetery, New Street, at 1.30pm on Tuesday September 2. The service will be led Father Adrian Wiltshire from the local Catholic Church and will be followed by the burial of her ashes in the cemetery.

"Although we have told as many of her friends and neighbours in Ledbury as we know, you may wish to mention in the Ledbury Reporter that the Service and burial of ashes has been organised and that anyone who knew Mathilda is very welcome to attend."