A family were left horrified after council officials turned up at their father’s funeral to tell them they couldn’t bury him in a metal coffin because they are banned.
Stella Birdsall, 48, ordered a £3,000, vacuum-sealed, navy blue metal casket with steel handles for her father Colin, 72, but his funeral in Knottingley, West Yorkshire was halted last Thursday.
She said the service at St Botolph’s Church ‘went beautifully’ but then the official ‘ambushed’ the funeral cortege beside the open grave.
Miss Birdsall, a control room operator, said he told the family that the interment could not go ahead because it breached Wakefield Council’s policy barring the use of metal caskets – and that she had two options, either to postpone the burial or to change the casket.
‘Everybody was in a state of shock,’ she said. ‘I was dumbfounded.’
‘A council official was on the phone in front of the coffin and no one knew what was going on.
‘After about 10 minutes, we were told the council wouldn’t allow us to bury my dad because his casket was metal.
‘We were all in total shock. We were given two options, whether to postpone the burial or to swap dad’s coffin and continue.
‘We chose the latter because all the guests were already there, but we never had a choice in the coffin.’
You will be taken hence to the prison in which you were last confined and from there to a place of execution where you will be hanged by the neck until you are dead and thereafter your body buried within the precincts of the prison and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul.
It’s the only language these council jobsworths will understand.