Editor, The News:
Re: No ‘Go’ Pokemon in Ridge cemetery (The News, July 22).
As someone with first-hand experience of the Pokemon Go craze going on at the this cemetery, I have yet to see any of the players be disrespectful by trampling over grave stones, play loud music, do drugs, consume alcohol or leave garbage laying around when they leave.
The gathering of people around the two trees at the entrance is due to it being the ‘sweet spot’ of the cemetery.
These individuals are generally discussing the game and helping out each other with tips and tricks while waiting for game characters to appear.
I believe this is called ‘making new friends.’
When not parked beneath the trees, we are walking around the roadways gathering points.
There is absolutely no need to step on graves.
I have been there several times when Philip Edge has arrived to pay his respects. He walks past the group without saying anything. I have not seen him appear frightened, nor has anyone blocked his path.
The only thing that has disturbed me was the other night when the lady in charge of locking up the gates drove up to the group and made accusations regarding the claims made by Mr. Edge in this article. She was notably upset when asked the question, ‘Has anyone complained about us being here?’
Having said that, one of the players did have his vehicle parked in cemetery and she did politely ask him to move before the gates were closed.
I should also add, I have two immediate family members resting within 20 metres of the ‘sweet spot.’ I like to think both of them would enjoy the company.