Community News: Co-op team get into the forties spirit

21 July 2016

The Brighouse Co-op Funeralcare team joined over 100,000 people in Brighouse town centre, to commemorate the end of the Second World War. They brought along one of the Co-op alternative hearses, the 1933 Austin hearse, to show their community spirit.

Denise Melhuish and Jared Barker of the Brighouse Co-op funeral home brought their vintage 1933 Austin hearse down for the event, to join dozens of other classic cars. As the first “silent” motor hearse that was capable of travelling at walking pace, the Austin has a history that stretches back to 1910, and reached popularity around the Second World War.

The Brighouse 1940s Weekend is one of the country’s most popular events celebrating the 1940s, and the annual celebration is held to commemorate the end of the Second World War. It’s a fantastic opportunity for members of the community and local businesses to join together and show their town pride.

The town centre was shut down for two days during the event, and was instead filled with vintage stalls and vehicles from the era. Shop windows were transformed into period displays, and over 100,000 people paraded through the streets dressed in 1940s attire, while people of all ages were buying vintage wares and sweet treats from the stalls.

Jared Barker, Manager at Brighouse Co-op Funeralcare, commented:

“Denise and I wanted to be involved with this event for years, and it’s such a honor to have been a part of it. Community spirit is always so high over the weekend, and we were only too happy to bring down our alternative hearse and join in the festivities!”

Steven Lord, Event Organiser, added:

“It’s fantastic that Co-op Funeralcare were able to get into the spirit of the event by showcasing their 1933 Austin alternative hearse. The classic cars are always a big draw for people, as both car enthusiasts and lovers of the 1940s era alike can enjoy the weekend. We hope that next year’s event will be just as popular.” 


Caption: Denise Melhuish and Jared Barker with the Co-op vintage Austin hearse and members of the public.

Notes to Editors:
For further information please contact:
Caroline Canty: / 0161 767 6477
Emily Dalton: / 0161 767 4323

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About the Co-op:
The Co-op, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.