Johannesburg – It was the one day funeral directors were supposed to be excited about driving into a cemetery.With an empty coffin in tow and dressed to the nines, they arrived at West Park cemetery. They were making an attempt to break the world record for the longest hearse parade.But the attempt was an epic failure, with only 40 hearses showing up for the event, less than half the required number.

In order for the record to be broken, the group needed to have at least 108 hearses taking part to beat the standing record of 107 set in the Netherlands.  Yesterday, the National Funeral Directors’ Association (NFDA), Joburg City Parks and the Southern African Funeral Expo invited funeral directors to bring their hearses to try break the record.

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