Article by blackpoolgazette.co.uk – Mourners are turning away from tearful funeral services at church in favour of more elaborate celebrations, it has today been revealed.

According to new research by a major funeral provider, there is an increasing trend of favourite songs being played, photographs on coffins and funerals being held in gardens, beauty spots or even sports venues.

Co-operative Funeralcare found coffins have been transported by bus, motorcycle, Cadillac, tandem bicycle or horse-drawn carriage, with a Buddhist funeral hearse, pictured above at North Pier in Blackpool, available for hire.

Embargoed to 0001 Tuesday September 8 Handout photo dated 17/08/15 issued by Co-op Funeralcare of a hearse used for a service in Blackpool as funerals are becoming a celebration of life rather than sombre occasions, with alternatives to hearses, cardboard coffins, and mourners asked to wear colourful clothing, new research has revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday September 8, 2015. A study by the funeral directors found an increasing trend of favourite songs being played, photographs on coffins, and funerals being held in gardens, sports venues or beauty spots. See PA story SOCIAL Funerals. Photo credit should read: Co-op Funeralcare /PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Fleetwood man Darren Abey, pictured, agreed there has been a change in attitude to funerals.  Darren, 49, of Oxford Road, runs a motorcycle transit company and an alternative Delboy Trotter-themed funeral business, Only Fools and Hearses.

It includes one of the original, yellow Reliant Regals used in the famous sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, and a yellow trailer which contains the coffin. This year, at his own dad Stuart’s funeral, he also trialled a new feature – a sports-themed hearse based around his dad’s love of horse-racing.

Now Darren is offering funerals designed around sports like football, rugby, golf and cricket.  He said: “These days it’s all about celebrating the person’s life and their individuality.

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