Shropshire Star

Morris Minor and Triumph motorbike hearses on show at Shrewsbury funeral directors

A 1965 vintage Morris Minor and a Triumph Bonneville motorbike were some of the more unusual hearses on display at a funeral director’s open day.

Funeral director Paul O'Brien and biker Simon Kelly on the bike hearse

The event was held to celebrate E. H. Owen Funeral Directors which has reopened its office in Shrewsbury after a break of more than 17 years.

Funeral director Paul O'Brien with the Morris Minor
Funeral director Paul O'Brien with the Morris Minor

E. H. Owen Funeral Directors has taken over the former Prontaprint building in Whitchurch Road, Shrewsbury, just a short distance away from its previous base at 147B.

Peter Forrest, managing director, said the open day was a big success. He said: “It has been a very good event to celebrate the re-launch of the office.

“The Morris Minor hearse and motorbike were very popular and generated a lot of interest.

“We had a constant flow of people all day.”

The team at E H Owen is headed up by funeral director Paul O’Brien, assisted by Topsy Penn.

Between them they have over 45 years’ experience in the industry and both are well-known faces around the town.

The newly-refurbished premises include a 40 seat Service Chapel, a Chapel of Rest, and a large display of coffins caskets and keepsakes.

“An open day at a funeral director’s may seem a little strange,” said Paul, “but we know that E. H. Owen is still a very well regarded name in the local community and we wanted to have the opportunity to meet our new neighbours and show them what we have to offer.”

As well as a commemorative release of white doves at noon, there was a floral tribute demonstration by Forget-Me-Not Flowers and free refreshments.

A representative of Golden Charter pre-paid funeral plans was in attendance to explain all the details of how the plan works, and was offering special discounts.