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Bus hearse is proving popular

A decommissioned double decker London bus is proving a hit as a hearse in the Nottingham area.

Nigel Lymn Rose, managing director of A W Lymn, of Robin Hood Street, Nottingham, bought the bus in summer 2009, after a request from a terminally ill young man who wanted to pre-arrange his funeral with an unusual hearse.

“We now use the bus several times each month as either a hearse or as a vehicle to transport mourners behind a standard hearse,” said Nigel.

“Although we accept that it is not to everyone’s taste, we have received some very positive feedback from clients who have elected to use it.”

Nigel said that clients particularly like the fact that the deceased is not travelling in a hearse on their own in front of them. “It also means all the mourners can interact and reminisce on the journeys together. This gives comfort to the immediate family and does not leave the more distant family on the outside.”

Nigel and his team have created a coffin deck and flower decks within the bus’s lower floor, while the bus’s downstairs fire exit window means it can also accommodate larger coffins and caskets.

In total, the bus can accommodate either a coffin/casket and up to 40 mourners, or 72 mourners if it is being used to transport them behind the coffin.

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