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Fifty-year-old business joins Funeral Partners

Established family funeral business John Blenkiron & Sons, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has joined the growing Funeral Partners family.

The business, founded by John Blenkiron in 1967 and now managed by his twin sons James and John, serves the communities of North Yorkshire and County Durham from its offices in Richmond and Barnard Castle. The brothers are supported by a team of ten loyal and dedicated staff.

Brothers Michael and Richard Blenkiron have retired from the funeral business to continue running Blenkirons Joinery, while their sister Sarah Thwaites and Michael’s daughter, Rebecca Blenkiron, will continue to provide administrative support as the business becomes part of the UK’s third largest funeral services provider.

James Blenkiron explained: “We liked the vision of Funeral Partners CEO Sam Kershaw, which is to build on the Blenkiron brand. We feel we are still able to continue serving our communities in the same way as we have for 50 years as an independent family-run business.”

James said: “We look forward to Funeral Partners’ support to grow the brand, and hope to open further branches to serve more families in our region.”

Funeral Partners’ regional development director Tara Cameron said: “John Blenkiron & Sons have an outstanding reputation as one of the best funeral directors in North Yorkshire and County Durham.

“We are delighted to be working with James and John and investing in their successful business, particularly as we are looking to grow our presence in the North East of England.”

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