It’s the last journey you will ever take so a Northern Ireland couple are trying to make sure people’s funerals get noticed – with customised hearses.

Builder Robert Adams is offering grieving families a novel way to pay their final respects to loved ones.

The 58-year-old from Crossgar, Co Down, has designed and created Northern Ireland’s first motor-tricycle and tractor hearses.

Despite his wife Cathy’s concerns Robert pressed ahead with his ambitious plans and the results have certainly been head-turning – as people in Antrim found out last week.

The motor-tricycle hearse was used during the funeral of keen biker John McCourt, who died after he fell from cliffs at Fanad Head in Co Donegal.

The vehicle was a fitting tribute to the larger-than-life figure. Parked outside Bairds of Antrim ahead of Mr McCourt’s funeral on Friday, traffic on the busy road came to a virtual standstill with motorists eager to get a better view of the hearse.

Some even pulled over to get a picture of the custom-built vehicle on their

Cathy, 53, said: “It certainly does get a lot of attention. We like to think of it as the last mile in style.

“We have had the trike for about 18 months now, although this was only the fourth funeral we have done with it.

“I suppose it is something that is kind of difficult to promote.”

While the motor-tricycle hearse is primarily aimed at the biker community, Cathy added the couple have received enquiries from the most unlikely of people.

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