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An ideal enclosure for the end of life’s race

Funeral director Jeff Allsop with Respect's Alison Finch and  a horse racing themed coffin, with Doncaster Racecourse in the background.

Funeral director Jeff Allsop with Respect's Alison Finch and a horse racing themed coffin, with Doncaster Racecourse in the background.

IT’s the ideal enclosure for racing fans who have crossed life’s finishing line!

Bosses at a green burial ground in Bawtry, Doncaster, are marking the start of the St Leger meeting at Town Moor today by introducing coffins themed on the famous classic race.

They’ve drawn up mock-up caskets which they will be offering for people as they take their last ride into the ground.

Respect Green Burial Parks say they expect a lot of interest in the items.

Boss Gordon Tulley said: “We’ve had some caskets made up as samples. They are made up in miniature, but the full size caskets would be identical.

“We take the samples when we go to hospitals and hospices to talk about the sort of burials we do.

“We’ve done the St Leger themed caskets because we have our burial ground in Doncaster, which is famous for its racing and has a great heritage in the sport.

“I would be astounded if no-one from the horse racing world comes forward and makes an enquiry about them now we’ve come up with them.

“They would be a great way of making a statement about someone’s identity and the closest passion to their heart.

“We could even play the signature tune to Channel Four racing at the graveside if that was what was wanted.”

Mr Tulley said everyone grieves in a different way, and many people who have green burials want their funerals treated as a celebration of life.

He said any designs can potentially be put on the side of coffins and he was aware of some people who had coffins made up in the colours of their favourite football teams.

Some people have even asked to be buried with their horses at the site.

The St Leger meeting starts at Doncaster Racecourse today, with Ladbrokes St Leger, the world’s oldest classic, run on Saturday afternoon.

Ladies’ Day is tomorrow.

 

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