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£300,000 refurbishment of Thornhill Crematorium Chapels completed
A rededication ceremony has taken place at Thornhill Crematorium following the completion of a £300,000 chapel refurbishment programme.

The improvement works to the cemetery included:

·         The complete redecoration of both chapels.

·         The remodelling of the larger Wenallt chapel.

·         Refurbishment of the waiting rooms.

·         Replacement and extension of covered areas outside the chapels.

·         New flooring.

·         New seating.

·         New catafalque (raised platform to support the coffin).

Andrew Gregory, Director of Transport, Planning and Environment, said: "The completion of these improvements ensures the bereaved attending the 3000 funerals carried out annually at Thornhill Crematorium will get to say their final farewells in the most dignified and sympathetic setting possible - further raising the standard of facilities that have already won nationwide recognition this year, with the cemetery being named Cemetery of the Year, the grounds retaining their green Flag status, and the Bereavement Services team being recognised for the service they provide, winning the APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence) Service Team of the Year."

The ceremony featured a reading from the Leader of Cardiff Council, and the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Dan De'Ath unveiled a rededication plaque, kindly donated by Mossfords Memorial Masons. Representatives from various faith groups, humanists and those of no faith also took part in the ceremony, which was led by Reverend Cannon Stewart Lisk.

Also in attendance were members of the Bereavement Services team, representatives from Coles Funeral Directors, Penarth Funeral Homes, Green Willow Funerals and Simon Morgan from Mossfords Memorial Masons.