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172-year-old Louth pub becomes plush new funeral home

Staff at the new Lincolnshire Co-op funeral home in Eastgate, Louth look on as president of the Lincolnshire Co-op Society Sue Neal formally opens the new premises.

Staff at the new Lincolnshire Co-op funeral home in Eastgate, Louth look on as president of the Lincolnshire Co-op Society Sue Neal formally opens the new premises.

An ‘amazing transformation’ has seen the former Woodman Pub in Louth become a Co-operative funeral home.

The Eastgate pub closed in February after being opened way back in 1840, and a £600,000 refurbishment has seen it turn into an impressive new site.

The Louth branch of the Co-operative have relocated from Queen Street Place after a long search to find a new home.

Local dignitaries and staff gathered on Friday for the opening of the plush new funeral home which was proudly opened by the Co-operative Soceity president Sue Neal.

The new funeral home includes a reception area, two lounges, two chapels of rest, office areas and parking for up to 30 cars.

Though no new jobs have been created directly by the move, there are plans afoot to revamp the car park as well as offer catering facilities, which would require new staff.

The manager at Louth, Jayne Bowes-Siddle, said: “I’m very proud to be involved in this project and looking forward to providing an excellent service.

“We have made a big investment into these new premises and have seen an amazing transformation into a tranquil funeral home.”

Head of funeral services David Dernley added: “Relocating to Eastgate ensures that we can provide the bereaved of Louth and surrounding areas with a first class funeral home facility in the heart of the community.

The Co-operative marked the occasion by donating £250 each to LIVES First Responders and Rej’s Dream, and representatives from both charities told those gathered how grateful they were.

 

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