Spike gets stoned

Milligan's grave finally marked

Spike Milligan has finally got his headstone reading; “I told you I was ill”

Since he died in February 2002, his grave in Winchelsea, East Sussex, has remained unmarked except for a tiny cherub.

It had been reported that branches of Milligan’s family had fallen out over the headstone, although this was denied.

And yesterday stonemasons installed the Celtic cross headstone at St Thomas’Church, bearing his famous epitaph in Gaelic: Duirt me leat go raibh me breoite.

Priest Fred George told the Daily Mirror: "It was news to me until I saw the workers.

“I am glad Mr Milligan finally has a distinguished memorial. He's buried to the west of the churchyard - not far from a Lord, so he's in good company."

Published: 22 May 2004

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