An embalmer from Gateshead is celebrating 20 years of serving his local community.
Fifty-seven-year-old Joe Howe joined the Co-operative Funeralcare in South Shields as a trainee funeral director in 1992.
During his spell in South Shields, Joe gained his NAFD Diploma in Funeral Directing before transferring to the Gateshead funeral home.
In 1997 he qualified as a member of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE) and worked as both a funeral director and embalmer until 2006, when he was appointed to his current position of regional embalmer for South Shields, Gateshead and Sunderland.
Speaking of his milestone Joe said: “I have loved every minute of my career with the Co-operative Funeralcare.
“I enjoy helping families through distressing times in their lives and I have made so many good friends. I hope to be able to stay in my current role until my retirement.”
Image: The Co-operative Funeralcare’s regional manager Alan Williamson and Joe Howe (left).