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Stourbridge Crem to close for works

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Stourbridge Crematorium will close at the end of July for four months to allow urgent refurbishment works to be carried out.

The crematorium will close on the afternoon of Friday July 31 and re-open at the start of December, papers set to go before Dudley Council’s ruling cabinet reveal. However the cemetery grounds will remain open throughout for visitors.

The works will see the cremators at the South Road site replaced with machines being installed to accommodate larger coffins. A small extension to the crematory will be built on the side to accommodate the new cremators.

The seating capacity within the chapel will also be increased, and a new canopy built at the front. A number of other improvements are also being carried out as part of the £2 million works.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member responsible for crematoriums, said:

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure – but it is imperative the cremators are replaced this year.
Cremations will continue at Gornal Wood throughout the closure, and the work at Stourbridge will not affect burials taking place in the cemetery there.

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