16 April 2024

Crematorium hosts memorial service to lost loved ones

A Midsummer Memorial service is to take place at the new Lelley Fields Crematorium.

East Riding residents who would like to remember loved ones are being invited along to the event on Wednesday, July 19, at 6pm.

The one-hour service in the crematorium’s Oak Hall is a chance for people to remember and pay their respects to the people who mattered to them, and to pay a tribute if they wish.

As part of the service, the names of people being remembered will also be displayed on a television screen in the hall.

Those attending will also be invited to add those names or short messages to paper leaves, which will be hung on memorial trees inside the hall.

Later, the leaves – which are infused with wildflower seeds – will be planted in the crematorium grounds, where they will grow into a lasting wildflower display. Places for the Midsummer Memorial service are limited and must be booked in advance via eryc.link/midsummermemorial by Sunday, July 9.

Councillor Paul West, the council’s portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “We want to welcome people along to this service and give them a chance to remember and celebrate their loved ones.

“These past few years have been especially difficult for many, so we hope this service will offer some comfort to those attending.”

The Midsummer Memorial is open to anyone, regardless of whether they have used the services of the crematorium before.

Lelley Fields Crematorium, off Sproatley Road, Preston, opened in February. It is the first crematorium to be operated by East Riding Council and the first new crematorium to be built in the East Riding since 1998.