LETTER: Creamatorium is unfit for purpose

MY wife and I have just had the honour of attending the funeral at the Chichester Crematorium of an old respected senior Army Officer, friend and neighbour.

The event was well attended by many of the men who served with him in 2 & 3 Paratroop regiments along with many of his family and friends.

I was even allowed as an ex Royal Naval man to join the guard of honour.

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The funeral was one to remember for the content, dignified organisation and the professional staff who work there.

However, the size of the crematorium in a funeral with such a large attendance left an awful lot to be desired.

In my opinion, the crematorium is currently unfit for purpose for such large occasions, however hard the undertakers and staff work to make the occasion as dignified as possible.

I felt ashamed as a local man that our local facility leaves such a lot to be desired.

Many attendees were left outside in the cold and unable to hear or get in.

What do visitors from outside Chichester reflect about this situation? I can only guess. I believe this situation to be fixed and the sooner the better. The current crematorium is far too small!

Of course, any expansion envisaged would have to take into account the ashes currently scattered in the garden.

What do our local undertakers think about this situation?

Eddie Clamp MBE

ex Royal Navy

Grove Road,