Last orders for old pub as funeral home opens

Amanda Dalby with the Rev John Hellewell and Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri.
Amanda Dalby with the Rev John Hellewell and Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri.

A CHAPEL of rest has opened in a former pub.

Funeral director Amanda Dalby sold her Skircoat Green home to buy The Falcon in Salterhebble, Halifax.

Now, after more than a year of renovation, The Funeral Parlour has been officially opened.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Nader Fekri, did the honours before a blessing by the Reverend John Hellewell.

Amanda said the event was a great success and the culmination of more than a year of hard work.

She said: “I really do hope that families in Calderdale find my new premises, not only comfortable, but also tasteful and modern.”

The building, which dates from around 1724, has been sandblasted, completely gutted and refurbished to include a service chapel and viewing area.

Planning permission was not necessary because funeral homes and pubs are both classed under public services.

Amanda oversaw all the work while living and running her business from the apartment upstairs.

She said: “I have spent a great deal of time carefully considering the interior, so people feel they are in a calm, relaxing and beautiful space when making arrangements for their loved one, or using my service chapel to say their final goodbye.”