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Stephen Brown: new independents in Blyth

Now open for business on Bridge Street in Blyth, Northumberland, are Stephen Brown Funeral Services, looking to provide a service that is professional and caring, with a friendly face.

Stephen told FSJ his story: “I have in lived In Blyth all my life – I was born and brought up in the Isabella Colliery in Middle Row until they were demolished for new houses. My family moved into another miner’s house on Cowpen Road (Baker Terrace), and I attended schools in Blyth starting at P.L.R. moving onto the ‘threepenny bit’ school on Newsham Road, then onto Tynedale Middle School and finally Tynedale High School.

“When I met Nicola, we got married and set up our home in Blyth. I started to work as a taxi driver when I was 21 and loved meeting people and helping them. I moved on to driving buses around the area, but didn’t get the contact with people that I liked, so decided it was time for a career change.

“I started helping with pall-bearing and driving duties for a funeral director. Finally I was where I wanted to be: meeting people and providing a service to the community. Peter Melrose gave me the opportunity of full-time employment and trained me to his very high standards.

“I love helping and supporting people when they lose a loved one. The satisfaction I get when at the end a family in the midst of this hard time says ‘thank you – we don’t know how we would have coped without you’ is fantastic.

“I am currently studying for my diploma in Funeral Directing. When I complete this it will make me one of the few qualified independent funeral directors in Blyth.”

Stephen adds: “We are passionate about our work, we really care down the last detail and we’re by your side every step of the way. Whatever the time of day or night, we will always be there for you.”

Stephen Brown Funeral Services are at 27 Bridge Street, Blyth NE24 2AA, and can be contacted on 01670 356418, 079080 89869 or stephenbrownfunerals@gmail.com

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