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West Suffolk Cemetery and Crematorium is to stream a special virtual tribute service this Father's Day.

The service will be broadcast on Sunday at 11am via YouTube.

West Suffolk Crematorium is part of the Westerleigh Group, the UK’s largest independent owner-operator of crematoria and cemeteries, with 35 facilities in England, Scotland and Wales.

A special Father's Day service will be livestreamed this Sunday. Picture: Westerleigh Group. (48361964)
A special Father's Day service will be livestreamed this Sunday. Picture: Westerleigh Group. (48361964)

Over the Christmas period, around 11,000 people viewed festive services of remembrance and the group followed it up with a special broadcast on Mother’s Day.

Sam Dellbridge, site manager at West Suffolk Crematorium, said: “Having broadcast the special service for Mother’s Day earlier this year, it was only right that we did something for Father’s Day, too.

“Some restrictions still remain in place, so we felt that holding a national event would allow families to remember fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father figures wherever they may be in England, Scotland and Wales.

The service will start at 11am on Father's Day. Picture: Westerleigh Group. (48361966)
The service will start at 11am on Father's Day. Picture: Westerleigh Group. (48361966)

“People will be able to view the service on Sunday, June 20 at 11am, which will be broadcast from Vale Royal Crematorium in Cheshire and include readings and music.

“We would really like local communities to get involved too and so we are inviting families to send us three words, which remind them of their fathers.

“We are going to compile all the submissions into a word cloud which will be revealed at the end of the Father’s Day broadcast.

“Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day can be a poignant time for those who have lost loved ones.

“We are streaming this service, to bring some comfort to people and to enable them to feel that they are remembering their lost loved ones in a special way despite the lockdown restrictions.

To watch the stream on Sunday, go to: www.westsuffolkcrematorium.co.uk.

It will also be available to view afterwards on the Westerleigh Group’s YouTube channel.

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