Cathy launches Fylde coast funeral business

Tom Smalley and Cathy Davies for Knott End Funeral Care
Tom Smalley and Cathy Davies for Knott End Funeral Care
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A new Over Wyre funeral business has had its official opening.

Knott End Funeral Care has been opened by Cathy Davies under the Co-op banner.

Cathy, 55, from Cleveleys, said: “I come from a nursing background and clinical research but this has been something in the back of my mind for a long time.

“My son James, 29, originally put the idea there.

“The funeral service was something he had looked into when he was younger and that piqued my interest.

“I love the Knott End area and feel right at home here.

“There is a large retirement community in the area and, although there is a well established funeral service already there, Moons, we are simply offering an alternative rather than competition.

“The Co-op brand is a trusted brand with ethical values that many people will have known throughout their lives.”

She said the funeral director Tom Smalley was based at the Bispham Co-op service and had given her a lot of help in getting set up.

“I will be here all the time as funeral arranger and Tom will come in to direct the funerals.

“My job is to arrange the funeral with the family, go through the procedure, liaise with the church and ministers and organise things such as flowers.

“The funeral director works with me and at the service with the operative team who do the driving.”

She said she was delighted the the Mayor of Preesall and Knott End Town Council, Tom Reilly, did the official opening with a little help from Cathy’s upstairs neighbours Jess and Lewis Rycroft.

Present to bless and dedicate the facilites were the Rev Andrew Shaw of Pilling and Over Wyre parishes, the Rev Dawn Banks of St Oswald’s Preesall and the Rev Paul Critchley, methodist minister for Knott End.

“The Mayor gave a speech and was thanked by Tom and a plaque was unveiled and three doves released to represent the Trinity.

“We had our hearses on display, too, with the lovely elegant horses and a special Land Rover hearse which, I think, is very fitting in a

rural area.”

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