A CREMATORIUM will commemorate its 50th anniversary by opening to the public on Saturday (September 10).
The facility, in Writtle Road, opened in November 1961 and has held more than 97,000 cremations and 20,000 burials.
Between 10am and 4pm, there will be a programme of activities, including guided tours, how to trace families using burial and cremation records, talks on wills and probate, headstone safety testing and gem cutting demonstrations.
A memorial service will also be held in the South Chapel at 12.30pm. Conducted by Rev Michael Child, the service will finish with the release of doves in the garden of remembrance.
Doors will open from 11.50am to begin seating for the service, which is expected to be well attended.
Members of the council’s bereavement services team will also be there to talk about the burial and cremation process.