Cllr Anne Castle, the Lord Mayor of Leeds, was amongst the dignitaries in attendance at a dedication service of the recently opened West Park branch of G H Dovener & Sons in Leeds.
Established in the 1920s, G H Dovener & Sons was the first home in the north of England to have facilities such as porcelain post mortem tables; a concrete floor with drainage troughs; ventilation; and two chapels of rest.
The dedication service was carried out by Rev Tom Lusty of St Chad’s Church in far Headingley. The Lord Mayor unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion and was presented with a cheque by Martin Dovener, grandson of G H Dovener, for £500 towards her chosen charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
Operations manager (Yorkshire) for Funeral Partners Ltd Colin Muhl said: “The day went very well and the weather was kind to us. Everyone who attended said that they had enjoyed it and thought that the service and surroundings were a credit to the company.”
Image: (L-R) FD Angela Andrews; the Lord Mayor’s Consort Graham Castle; the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Anne Castle; and Colin Muhl.