A stunned Scots pensioner claims friends think he's dead after the discovery his ex-wife had erected his own gravestone in a local cemetery.
Alan Hattel, 75, was shocked to see his name appear on a memorial slab at Newmonthill Cemetery in Forfar, Angus.
Mr Hattel reckons the stone was the work of his ex-wife, Berta, who purchased the plot and wants him to be buried alongside her.
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Branding it "like something out of Only Fools and Horses", Alan a retired welder, says the unsettling incident has resulted in friends believing he has passed away, adding that nobody has phoned him for several months.
He commented: “My phone hasn’t rung for three or four months. I’ve been confused by it all, but now I know why nobody has been calling.
“I don’t even want to be buried – I plan to be cremated.”
Having spoken with Angus Council, Alan, who has two grown-up children with his former wife, says he plans to cover up the part of the gravestone bearing his name.
He added: “I’ve never, ever said I wanted to be buried alongside my ex-wife.
“We’ve been separated 26 years and there’s no animosity but I’m struggling to take it all in.
“To find out you have a gravestone in a cemetery while you are still alive isn’t something that happens every day.”