HOWE Bridge Crematorium will be welcoming back local families back ‘in person’ for this year’s Christmas Carol and Remembrance Service.

The festive service takes place on Thursday, December 9 at 6pm and provides a valuable opportunity for families and friends to come together and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

Coronavirus meant that people were unable to visit the on-site chapel for the annual flagship service last year, which had to be streamed on-line instead.

This year, families will have both options available - either to stream the event online or attend the event in person at the crematorium on Lovers Lane, Atherton.

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The one-hour service will include a mixture of readings, popular Christmas Carols and moments of reflection.

Lindsey Edwardson, Site Manager at Howe Bridge Crematorium, said: “We are so pleased to be able to welcome families back into our chapel for the Christmas Carol and Remembrance Service this year.

“This event is always popular and while webcasting it last year meant that we were still able to share the seasonal service, there’s nothing quite like being here in person.

“Of course, we know that this is not always possible, which is why we’re providing both options this year. For those who do want to come to the chapel and be part of the service, they can.

“But not everyone will be able to attend. Some may have health or mobility issues, or simply live too far away and not have any transport, so we will still be webcasting the service, too, so that everyone can join in and remember their loved ones in the run up to Christmas.

“Those who do wish to attend in person are being asked to book their place in advance, so that we can manage the numbers in the chapel.

“Attendees will be able to write personalised messages onto memory tags which will be added to a Christmas tree in the chapel and will have the chance to light a candle in the chapel.”

If you would like to attend in person, please book your place by calling 01942 870 811 or emailing HoweBridge@westerleighgroup.co.uk

If you wish to view the Webcast, visit https://events.obitus.com/, enter the username ‘HoweBridge’ (exactly as it is spelled within the quotation marks), and the password ‘Tree’.