I know that almost everyone I speak to in the area always wants to moan about being stuck behind our funeral vehicles on the way up the M2, towards Medway Crematorium. I’d just like to say that they are not all my vehicles!
OK please remember that some people like to do their own thing, shall we say. So the motorbike hearse would appeal to some and not others. Horses for courses, and yes we do have them too!
The new Volvo hearse and limousines, of which we are very proud. They are now with consecutive number plates and are all seat belted and six doors, leather trimmed, and air-conditioned for your comfort.
As you can see there are four doors on the hearse. So there are seats behind the driver and funeral director. This isn’t a suggestion that everyone will like, but some of you may like to know that you can travel with us to the service and Committal venue. As I say, not everyones idea, but it might just be what you wanted. Ask Emma or Les about it.
In this hearse, very tall floral tributes are not quite the issue they were before because the deck where the coffin is placed, can be lowered electronically, which allows greater space.
My son Robert, who will remain nameless, told me he wanted to put carpet down for the vehicles to park on. Carpet! Obviously he listened to me and decided to take no notice and get some carpet to park the vehicles on anyway. Heâs only young bless him. I suppose when I was twitty something I may have tried to do the same thing. He probably thinks it was easier in those days but I can tell you it was pretty cold mucking out the horses and carpet would definitely have been a no no from my father.
We now have these beautiful vehicles, and Robert is already on at me to get another fleet for next year…. He’s exhausting. But I couldn’t manage without his help.
We can also get a pink hearse if you are really er, mad, or you really like pink!
Its a sort of graphite grey colour, very smart, and easy on the eye. Unlike the following vehicle.
Now this is not every ones idea of the perfect vehicle, but if the cap fits……
This is quite an old Daimler DS420, which to be honest, are not in demand these days. With the exception of this one. This is the only pink hearse in the country that I know of, and it is based in London where it is very busy. I have used it in 2010, and it was quite something. There is no matching limousine yet (2012).
And for those who like the idea of something other than black, or pink, there are the following.
White, OK if the weather is good,
but they look dirty very quickly if the weather is not good.
Silver, is a very smart colour, and very popular too.
Again these are quite old vehicles, and not greatly sought after these days. Except if you want a different colour. I have to admit to a long love affair with these old monsters. I cut my teeth driving one of these when the family used to have them. Lovely to drive, great to ride in on the back seat (occasional seats for the others) but hateful to wash because they are as big as a small lorry!
Horse drawn funeral vehicles
To be honest, this is a very peaceful way to travel. But not too far, and pray for dry weather!
PeteÂ has been doing this work for many years, and I like the way he does things. There are others around but this needs to be a professional experienced company. Not someone who just takes it up for fun!
On a serious note, my staff are only permitted to use two companies for horse drawn vehicles. We will not be able to help a family who wish to use “their own carriage”
Vintage funeral vehicles
In October 2015, a family asked us to provide something a little different. They wanted a Vintage Rolls Royce. So we managed to hire in this beautiful old lady. And its almost as old as my mother! For those slightly geeky folk who may be reading this its a
A 1937 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith 20/25 with coach work by Alpe and Saunders of Kew Bridge, London and finished in gleaming Masons Black.
That was interesting, wasn’t it! You can view the other vintage funeral vehicles this company have available by clicking here
The most elegant of funeral vehicles.
I am trying to get the co-operation of a company that supply London buses to various events, to have one or two that we could use as a funeral vehicles would be very useful. Imagine everyone going together to the funeral! It could be very intimate with just the family, or more âcelebratoryâ with lots of people invited, and remember they seat around 50 people too. I will add more when I find one that says yes.
Struggling to find one in the south of England. If you know of one, please let me know.
The family estate car. No! Well actually YES! And why not. You have had it a while. Used it on many happy occasions, holidays even, trips to the coast. Well this is the perfect opportunity to use it for a very special journey. Donât panic, we will help you do this and dare I say âenjoyâ this final journey together.