Weymouth funeral parlour offers new trike hearse

Dorset Echo: Mayor of Weymouth Anne Kenwood tries out the new trike hearse Mayor of Weymouth Anne Kenwood tries out the new trike hearse

A WEYMOUTH funeral parlour has a new service to allow the dearly departed to take one last ride into the sunset.

Peter Lem Funeral Services Ltd in Abbotsbury Road has joined forces with motorcycle enthusiast Maurice Dodd for the trike hearse.

Coun Anne Kenwood, mayor of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, saddled up to take a ride on the machine as she officially launched the new service.

Maurice said: “I think she was quite frightened at first but once we got going she had a thoroughly good time and really enjoyed herself.”

Funeral director Peter Lem added: “We were giving people rides around the block to mark the start of the service.

“They were happy to have a go and really enjoyed it.”

Mr Lem approached Mr Dodd after seeing the trike hearse Mr Dodd made to carry his late wife’s coffin.

Mr Dodd, whose wife Janice died suddenly in October 2005, reckons it will be a fitting tribute for any motorbike fan, or anyone who fancies going out in style.

Mr Lem believes it will be popular and says it will be available to hire from Peter Lem Funeral Services Ltd but will also be sub contracted out to funeral directors in the south west.

He said: “It’s quite unusual but I think it will be popular.

“We’ve done funerals before where the coffin has turned up on a tractor and trailer.”

Mr Lem added: “The hearse Maurice had made for Janice was wonderful I thought it was an idea worth pursuing.”

Mother-of-three Janice Dodd, who suffered from an undetected heart defect, was 48 when she died suddenly.

A keen member of the biker community, Mrs Dodd was involved with the Dorset Women’s Outreach Project and was passionate about Thomas Hardy novels and Formula One racing.

At her funeral procession more than 30 riders followed the hearse as her husband drove it along the seafront and through town.

Mr Dodd said: “After the funeral it was all too fresh in my memory to go ahead with the trike hearse so it was put on hold.

“I bumped into Pete a few months ago and he mentioned it. It seemed the right time to go ahead.

“I managed to get Weybay Joinery to build the body for me. It will be eight foot long and four foot high and is designed to be towed by my new Harley trike.

“It will be unique to this area. I understand there’s one in use in Devon as well as Northumbria.”

Retired plumber Mr Dodd, 52, added: “These days people are shunning the idea of black tie and black suit funerals and going for something a bit different for the big send off.

“This way they go out in style.”

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6:18pm Mon 29 Jun 09

Gladys says...

I wouldn't be seen dead in that.
I wouldn't be seen dead in that. Gladys
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6:58pm Mon 29 Jun 09

freeopinion says...

All i want when the time comes is the cheapest disposal you can get, if it was legal to take me to the rubbish tip that would be fine as i think funeral costs are appalling i would sooner any money be spent on a bloody good knee’s up than pay the extortionate charges involved in funerals even a death certificate costs a fortune for a bit of paper.
All i want when the time comes is the cheapest disposal you can get, if it was legal to take me to the rubbish tip that would be fine as i think funeral costs are appalling i would sooner any money be spent on a bloody good knee’s up than pay the extortionate charges involved in funerals even a death certificate costs a fortune for a bit of paper. freeopinion
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7:19pm Mon 29 Jun 09

X Old Bill says...

I've told my family that I want a Lakota style 'air burial' but bearing in mind that those in charge refuse to allow a Sikh cremation I think that there may be little chance.

Did you know that you can now request coffins made of cardboard? Maybe one could go to Comet and ask for an old Tv carton...
I've told my family that I want a Lakota style 'air burial' but bearing in mind that those in charge refuse to allow a Sikh cremation I think that there may be little chance. Did you know that you can now request coffins made of cardboard? Maybe one could go to Comet and ask for an old Tv carton... X Old Bill
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8:55pm Mon 29 Jun 09

Fabian says...

I passed the motorcycle towing a coffin the other day and was a bit surprised, but if there is a need why shouldn't people go out how they want. British funerals are boring and somber, I don't believe most people want to be remembered that way.
I passed the motorcycle towing a coffin the other day and was a bit surprised, but if there is a need why shouldn't people go out how they want. British funerals are boring and somber, I don't believe most people want to be remembered that way. Fabian
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9:19pm Mon 29 Jun 09

tiny_tim says...

i want to go peacefully in my sleep just like my granddad, not screaming in terror like his passengers.
i want to go peacefully in my sleep just like my granddad, not screaming in terror like his passengers. tiny_tim
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9:43pm Mon 29 Jun 09

twin38 says...

i think its a great to see a funeral director doing something different.Than just a hearse about time to am all for it hope it gose well Training funeral director
i think its a great to see a funeral director doing something different.Than just a hearse about time to am all for it hope it gose well Training funeral director twin38
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10:56pm Mon 29 Jun 09

I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE says...

I remain unconvinced that they actually burn the coffin in the crematorium furnace.

I strongly believe that there is a plywood insert inside the expensive outer box and you are burnt in this instead.

Maybe the funeral firm have a stock of coffins in different styles and sizes with a range of handles etc that can be easily detatched?

Who would know? They charge you a small fortune for the expensive oak coffin, but why burn it? It's just a waste.

Answers on a postcard to the usual address...
I remain unconvinced that they actually burn the coffin in the crematorium furnace. I strongly believe that there is a plywood insert inside the expensive outer box and you are burnt in this instead. Maybe the funeral firm have a stock of coffins in different styles and sizes with a range of handles etc that can be easily detatched? Who would know? They charge you a small fortune for the expensive oak coffin, but why burn it? It's just a waste. Answers on a postcard to the usual address... I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE
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10:58pm Mon 29 Jun 09

I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE says...

I remain unconvinced that they actually burn the coffin in the crematorium furnace.

I strongly believe that there is a plywood insert inside the expensive outer box and you are burnt in this instead.

Maybe the funeral firm have a stock of coffins in different styles and sizes with a range of handles etc that can be easily detatched?

Who would know? They charge you a small fortune for the expensive oak coffin, but why burn it? It's just a waste.

Answers on a postcard to the usual address...
I remain unconvinced that they actually burn the coffin in the crematorium furnace. I strongly believe that there is a plywood insert inside the expensive outer box and you are burnt in this instead. Maybe the funeral firm have a stock of coffins in different styles and sizes with a range of handles etc that can be easily detatched? Who would know? They charge you a small fortune for the expensive oak coffin, but why burn it? It's just a waste. Answers on a postcard to the usual address... I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE
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11:08pm Mon 29 Jun 09

I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE says...

Stupid website crashing when you add a comment...
Stupid website crashing when you add a comment... I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE
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6:35pm Tue 30 Jun 09

Wessex Lass says...

Was not going to comment on this story but the security word is just too good not to share "rest-late" Love it!
Was not going to comment on this story but the security word is just too good not to share "rest-late" Love it! Wessex Lass
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7:57pm Tue 30 Jun 09

twin38 says...

well really
if you went to a funeral home and asked they show you the thing you ask for and no its not plywood insert inside
well really if you went to a funeral home and asked they show you the thing you ask for and no its not plywood insert inside twin38
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8:07pm Thu 2 Jul 09

I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE says...

twin38- they are hardly going to say "oh, well, we charge you a fortune for a fancy coffin, but we really just put you in a plywood box and creamte you in that. The coffin is sent back to Funeral HQ in a van to be "sold" to someone else".

twin38- they are hardly going to say "oh, well, we charge you a fortune for a fancy coffin, but we really just put you in a plywood box and creamte you in that. The coffin is sent back to Funeral HQ in a van to be "sold" to someone else". I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY DON'T LIKE THE NEW ECHO WEBSITE
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8:58pm Sat 4 Jul 09

twin38 says...

sorry really
but they dont send the coffin back to HQ lol they go the the person in side of it and when the person gets creamted or buryed the coffin dose NOT get moved or dose it go back to HQ as you put it . Why dont you pop in to the funeral place and talk about it as they will be very happy to help and put your mind to rest about what happens to the coffins
sorry really but they dont send the coffin back to HQ lol they go the the person in side of it and when the person gets creamted or buryed the coffin dose NOT get moved or dose it go back to HQ as you put it . Why dont you pop in to the funeral place and talk about it as they will be very happy to help and put your mind to rest about what happens to the coffins twin38
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