New crematorium to cope with fatter nation

A new four million pound crematorium opening near Whimple says it is built to cater for our expanding national wasteline.

The privately funded East Devon Crematorium will be able to take coffins more than double the normal size as rising obesity levels effect the funeral industry.

A spokesman said: “As a brand new facility and in response the national increase in average body weight, East Devon Crematorium is equipped to deal with large coffins. Standard coffins range from 40cm wide but the new cremator is able to accommodate coffins of just over one metre wide.

The new facility, located just off the old A30 at Strete Ralegh, will cater for an area stretching from Exmouth to Bridport, but will allow mourners from much further afield to watch a service as they will be the first crematorium to offer a webcasting facility to view the service via a secure internet link from anywhere in the world.

It will open next week with Michael Langrish, The Bishop of Exeter, leading a dedication ceremony at the non-denominational chapel in June.