A Berwick funeral director is set to hold a service in its own premises for the first time next week.
Charles Mace and Sons on Castlegate is beginning the service as an alternative to a crematorium or cemetery chapel funeral.
The 120-year-old business officially opened its new service room last week, and it is due to be used for the first time on Tuesday. The business also has a new shop front.
Owner Malcolm Mace explained: “We have put in much time, effort, thought and investment into the premises and I hope it will be a useful venue for some of our customers and that we can work in harmony with clergy from all denominations.
“It will be a calm, warm more comfortable place to hold an intimate family funeral and that it may also be used as an alternative to the cemetery chapel or having two or three hours travelling to our nearest crematorium.
“I hope that this extension to our existing business shows that we are committed to providing the very best service to our clients at their time of need.”
The business says it won’t charge for the use of the room for funeral or cremation services. Mr Mace had a setback when it learned that 50 new seats on order for the service room would not be arriving until later this week.
But Berwick Rugby Club have come to the rescue by loaning chairs until the new ones arrive.