An astonished reader shared these photos of the scene at a local church in Otley after taking a shortcut through the grounds following the Otley Food and Drink Festival at the weekend.
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"Imagine the surprise to find three adults with about seven children enjoying a barbecue.
"The cooking was being done on the raised tomb stone."
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He went on to say that his wife challenged the graveyard BBQ party, but to little avail.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, added: "My wife remonstrated with the men. The 'Chef' patronisingly said 'Thank you for you input, I've taken note.'
"So I took a photograph! Over trots the guy in blue and demands I delete the photographs.
"In any case I was taking photos of him barbecuing on a tomb in sacred ground!"