Almost 600 people attended funeral directors' Tree of Lights service

By Tristan Harris Thursday 19 December 2013 Updated: 19/12 14:52

ALMOST 600 people turned up to a Tree of Light service at Mortons Funeral Directors in Northfield on December 1.

Traditional Christmas carols were sang, accompanied by the Droitwich Corps of the Salvation Army.

Readings and addresses were given by Rev Nick Jones of Cotteridge Church, Fr Charles Lawrence from St Laurence Church, Northfield, Fr Jan Nowotnik from St Brigid’s Church in Northfield and Cptn Jenny Forman of the Salvation Army. Singer Elspeth Sullivan also performed ‘To where you are’.

Attendees wrote their own personal messages on a memorial star to lost loved ones and those stars have now been hung on the 18ft Tree of Light.

Mortons' managing director Derek Case said he was immensely pleased by the turn out.

“The service has had such a warm reception that we now intend to make it an annual event on the first Sunday in December every year," he added.

People stayed affer the service for tea, coffee, mulled wine and mince pies and, as the guests were leaving, they were each handed a gift to put on their own tree.

Anyone wanting to have a star placed on the Tree of Light can still do so by calling one of Mortons’ offices in Northfield, Rubery or Cotteridge.

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