To celebrate the occasion, the team at the branch was joined by members of the local community and guests from local businesses, as well as C W Bowyer’s former owner Chris Bowyer, a retired funeral director whose family founded the business in 1881. The Mayor of Westbury, Councillor Sue Ezra, also gave a speech praising the team members for their dedication to the community.
Motorcycle Funerals donated a motorcycle and hearse sidecar as a quirky display for the occasion, and staff encouraged visitors to guess how many balloons filled a limousine parked outside the branch for a chance to win a meal for two at a restaurant in Westbury. All money raised was donated to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a local charity supported by the branch.
Paul McDonald, senior funeral director at C S Bowyer, was delighted with the success of the open day: “We were truly overwhelmed by the support from local people, who turned out in force to toast the branch and celebrate our first anniversary in Westbury. We were also delighted to be thanked personally by the Mayor for our contribution, not only to the town of Westbury, but to the whole county through our three branches.”