Community fun at Manor Park funeral home

Bagpipe player Finn Walsh performs beyhind a Buddist hearse

Bagpipe player Finn Walsh performs beyhind a Buddist hearse - Credit: Archant

Residents were encouraged to talk about death at the weekend at an open day held by a funeral home.

Bagpipe player Finn Walsh performs beyhind a Buddist hearse

Bagpipe player Finn Walsh performs beyhind a Buddist hearse - Credit: Archant

Staff at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Whitta Road, Manor Park, invited the public to consider the practicalities of death as they displayed a horse-drawn hearse, a Land Rover hearse, and a Buddhist-style hearse to showcase how personalised services can be arranged.

Assistant manager Carolyn Green and funeral arranger Nilpa Patel released doves to kick off the community day while visitors were offered a guided tour.

Drivers also enjoyed a professional car wash with proceeds going to Carers Trust charity, while families took part in a raffle, indulged in face-painting, and various stalls.

Manager John Cheeseman said: “Funerals are difficult and emotional times for all of us, but we hope by opening our doors we can break down some of the traditional barriers that exist.”