Funeral bodies sent 20 miles away after cemetery gas leak
THE discovery of a gas leak is causing bodies to be sent 20 miles to Crewe for cremation.
The crematorium based at Macclesfield Cemetery has been unable to operate its furnaces since last Thursday.
Instead, after families have said their goodbyes at the crematorium, the bodies are being transported 20 miles away to Crewe cemetery to be cremated. The ashes are later returned to local funeral homes for families to collect. A problem with the mains gas supply was discovered during routine maintenance last Wednesday.
Although utilities engineers are working to fix the issue the new arrangement looks set to continue into next week.
Cheshire East Council which runs the crematorium said there has been no disruption to any funerals since the problem was identified.
The crematorium has the backing of the town’s funeral homes.
Nick Wiscombe, manager at the Co-operative Funeralcare on High Street, Macclesfield, said there had been no complaints from families.
He said: “Macclesfield crematorium has done everything it can to minimise the upset and damage that has been caused. They have done a fantastic job and we have liaised very closely between them and our families, who are informed about everything we do. I have nothing but praise for them.”
The support is shared by Hooley Watson & Buckley funeral home in Macclesfield, which is run by Dignity Funerals Limited.
Stuart Cox, of Dignity, said: “When a family come to visit us we have been explaining the situation at Macclesfield Crematorium. We’ve not had any family have an issue with the arrangements.
“We’re still waiting to hear from the crematorium as to when it will be operational again.”
A spokesman for Cheshire East Council aid: “During planned maintenance last week engineers found problems with the gas supply. While fixing the problems engineers discovered the origin was a mains gas issue which is being resolved.
“Since Thursday all cre- mations have taken place in Crewe after the services in Macclesfield.
“The remains are then returned to the funeral directors. Families of the deceased have been informed of the situation via the funeral directors. There has been no cancellations, disruptions or backlog.”
●● A gas leak has stopped cremations at Macclesfield Crematorium