Open day marks start of new Dalkeith business

A horse-drawn hearse was on Dalkeith High Street recently, when Dalkeith Funeralcare hosted an open day for the local community.

A horse-drawn hearse was on Dalkeith High Street recently, when Dalkeith Funeralcare hosted an open day for the local community.

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A vintage hearse, tandem cycle hearse and white horse-drawn hearse lined the Dalkeith High Street recently, when Dalkeith Funeralcare hosted an open day for the local community.

Around 100 attendees, who included church ministers and representatives from local businesses, were treated to music from the traditional Scottish pipers outside the funeral home, while the horse-drawn hearse gave rides to the nearby Dalkeith Country Park.

The team had a limousine filled with balloons and the chance for people to guess the number inside, as well as a raffle, with all proceeds going to the local Woodburn Day Centre. They also served refreshments provided by the local Co-op food store.

The Dalkeith funeral home, which is new to the area on 172 High St, is another to take on the new Co-op branding, which was unveiled at Co-op’s annual general meeting in May of this year.

Ian Thomson, manager of Dalkeith Funeralcare, said: “We are passionate about getting involved with the local community, and we thought that an open day would be the perfect way to show people that we are always here as a friendly ear.

“Everyone was surprised to see the alternative hearses on display and they prompted a discussion amongst many attendees. We were thrilled that so many people came down to support us.”