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Mourners can download music at modern chapel

Music downloading facilities and a TV hook-up are all part of new services at a state-of-the-art crematorium.

The new £3.25million building Sandwell Valley Crematorium, in West Bromwich, has been officially opened by Sandwell Mayor Cllr Joyce Underhill with the unveiling of a plaque.

The new chapel is a modern building that replaces the old crematorium on the site. The old building has been converted into offices.

Cllr Underhill said: “Sandwell Valley Crematorium is one of the finest crematoriums in the UK.” She added that mourners had commented on the much more pleasant surroundings, compared to the old 1960s building.


She unveiled the plaque at a ceremony including bereavement services staff, local funeral directors, religious leaders and representatives from Martin Critchell Architects and GF Tomlinson Birmingham Ltd, who built the new crematorium. The plaque will sit outside the chapel.

The building, in Newton Road, includes new offices, improved coach and car parking and a café for mourners.

Its state-of-the-art technology includes an online music selection service, where funeral directors and families can upload the songs or hymns they want to have played.

Large groups of mourners can also watch the services on televisions in a covered area just outside the chapel if the main room, which can hold 125 people, is full.

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