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Oct 1 2009

Funeral firm uses VW hearse

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A MIDLAND funeral firm is offering Volkswagen fans the ultimate send-off – by using a VW hearse.

Clare Brookes and business partner Michelle Orton, both aged 35, created the hearse when they launched their unique funeral van three years ago.

The Atherstone-based pair, who are VW enthusiasts, spent £8,000 restoring it and following the company’s first funeral in December 2007, business has been booming.

It’s believed to be the only aircooled funeral fleet in the world.

Funeral Volkswagen Camper Van.

Clare and Michelle also offer bereaved families the choice of 3 stretched Beetle Limousines and bus/camper van fleet for funeral hire.

Clare said: “I have always loved VWs and so I thought to myself, ‘What would I like to go off in?’ I just thought, ‘Stick me in a camper van’. Her family are funeral directors and have a wedding car company so this was a natural progression.

“If that’s what I’d want, I thought there had to be a market out there.

“Our Hearse was born in 1972 and was a Mortuary body removal vehicle, so it was already a hearse.

Funeral Volkswagen Camper Van.

“we fully refurbished the exterior and interior and installed a coffin beir.” The van, which has hire charges starting at £400, has been used for more than 40 funerals nationwide. Clare said: “People will naturally interact with the van and touch it. It also breaks down the barriers and gives people something else to talk about at a funeral.

“While many families continue to prefer traditional funerals, an increasing number are now changing traditions in many ways.

“We are often called in to provide a tribute when a young person has died. The look of the VW can help brighten a very sad and difficult day.”

Nichola Green, who used the VW hearse for her father’s funeral said: “When my dad Brian passed away suddenly earlier this year my family were looking for a funeral service with a difference and which reflected him as an individual.

“Dad had seen the hearse at a classic car show and thought it was a great idea but we didn’t think we would be calling upon it quite so soon.

“While the day was a very sad occasion, the hearse looked brilliant when it arrived at our house. Dad would have been amazed.”

* The camper will be on display at the Classic Motor Show, running from November 13 to 15 at the NEC.


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