When loved ones pass away, there are many unique ways in which relatives choose to honour their memories. Food writer Jay Rayner certainly gave his parents – agony aunt Claire and actor and artist Desmond – a spectacular send-off.
In a mischievous Twitter thread, Rayner revealed how he and his sister Amanda scattered their parents’ ashes in appropriate places around London. These included the steps of the Tate Modern, the Royal College of Nursing and down the back of a banquette in the Ivy “while the waiters weren’t looking”.
THREAD. Let me tell you a story. Though my ma, Claire, died in 2010 and my dad in 2015 my sister and I weren’t able to get their ashes together until earlier this year (for reasons I won’t bore you with). We’d long planned to scatter them in appropriate places. In april we did 1/
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) December 3, 2019
After this, Rayner and his sister had one last stop to make for their theatre-loving parents.
“I called up my dear fried Andy Nyman, who was playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof,” Rayner tweeted.
“My idea was that we’d give him a pot plant, scatter some ashes around it and then they’d be backstage for the run. We did do that. But Andy (and his other half Sophie Abbott) had a better idea. He showed us Tevye’s milk churns and how the lids came off. And when no one was looking we decanted my parents into the churn.”
And from April 2019 until the production finished its run, Rayner’s parents did eight performances a week in Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre.
Rayner added: “We like to think the churn has gone into some enormous prop store and that my dear late parents will keep popping up in ropey amateur productions of The Sound of Music or Oklahoma!. It’s what they would have wanted. I think.”