529,655 of us died in England and Wales last year. That’s a lot of funerals.
The UK’s ‘Funeral Oscars’ will take place on Thursday 8 September 2016 at the Porchester Hall in Bayswater.
Journalist and broadcaster, Penny Smith, will be handing out the Anubis statues, which come in small coffin-shaped boxes.
250 guests will gather over a three-course lunch to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of the people who work in the funeral business.
The Good Funeral Awards give the public a chance to say thank you to those who provide excellent service to the bereaved. This is the ceremony that identifies Britain’s outstanding embalmers, gravediggers and mortuary assistants.
Since April people have been sending in nominations for this year’s prizes.
In 2016, there are 10 new categories including ‘Low cost funeral provider of the year’ and ‘Best funeral caterer’.
Annabel de Vetten from Conjurer’s Kitchen will bake a special ‘funeral cake’ which will be on display.
Alexander Thomas will be playing the harp and Britain’s Got Talent star, Alison Jiear, will be singing.
For the first year the event has a sponsor, Funeralbooker.com, a website that enables people to find details and compare prices of funeral directors.
Organiser Fran Hall said, ‘The event reflects the social change that we’re witnessing in the funeral industry. We’ve got one category for ‘Minister of the Year’ and another for ‘Celebrant of the Year’, we’ve got another for ‘Traditional Funeral Director’ and another for ‘Modern Funeral Director’. There’s clear divide between those who want to pass on in the old school way, or those who want a funeral to be unconventional.’
For more information call Brian Jenner 07545 232980