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Melia Powell welcome new man with cabaret

A charity cabaret and dinner dance marked Melia Powell Funeral Directors’ ongoing commitment to the local community following the appointment of a new experienced funeral director.

Business principal and former owner Brian Langford, who established Melia Powell in 2013, has been supported by Dean Newton’s appointment to increase support for the communities of Keighley, Skipton and Bradford.

Melia Powell became part of the Funeral Partners family of high-quality funeral businesses at the end of 2018. Its care and commitment to bereaved families will be further enhanced by Keighley-born Dean’s 20 years’ industry experience, British Institute of Embalmers qualification and reputation in the area.

Dean said: “Many of the families I have worked with in Keighley have already called and they’re happy to know I can serve them at Melia Powell. I was drawn to Melia Powell’s by its excellent reputation.”

Brian explained: “Dean trusted me to take care of his sister when she tragically passed away at a young age. I quickly saw a side to him that I believe every funeral director needs: an abundance of care.”

With Dean on board, Brian has thrown himself into organising a number of community events, including a cabaret and dinner dance last month at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton, who offered their ballroom free of charge.

The dress-to-impress evening included a three-course dinner, live band, disco and cabaret. Ticket proceeds went towards Keighley-based charities Massabielle Group, which organises trips to Lourdes, and Petal, which supports children with cancer.

Brian explained: “My business has been born and bred in Keighley and it wouldn’t be possible without this town’s faith in us.

“The spirit of these events is to embrace and give back to the community, which we’ve provided affordable funeral care to since 2013.”

Supported by Dean, Brian plans to take Melia Powell carolling in Keighley and Bingley around Christmas and turn the premises into a donation point for blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless.

Dean said: “I’m looking forward to meeting new and old customers around Keighley by getting involved with the community more than ever before.”



Brian Langford (right) welcomes Dean Newton to the team

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