Community marks Co-op's return to Rochdale with Funeralcare

26 August 2015

Co-operative Funeralcare and members of the local community joined together yesterday (Tuesday 25th August) to mark a return to the Co-operative movement’s roots in Rochdale with the official opening of a new funeral home in the town.

Taking place at the new funeral home on Manchester Road, the official opening was led by Group Chair Allan Leighton who was joined by Group CEO, Richard Pennycook, and Head of Consumer Services, Rod Bulmer. The Mayor of Rochdale was also in attendance and marked the opening by planting a memorial tree on site.

Whilst the Co-operative’s heritage and roots are firmly placed in Rochdale, the opening sees a new Co-operative Funeralcare branded funeral home within the town. Highlighting the importance of the Co-op’s heritage, representatives from the Rochdale Pioneers Museum also be attended the opening event.

The new Funeralcare home features a reception room, family arrangement room and a large service chapel which offers a welcoming and calming environment for the bereaved and members of the local Rochdale community.  The chapel was officially opened with a service of dedication at the event.

David Collingwood, operations director North for the Co-operative Funeralcare said:

“Rochdale is the heart of the Co-operative movement and we are delighted that Funeralcare has finally been able to open this funeral home in the town. Our funeral homes are already at the heart of over 900 communities across the UK so it’s only right for us to be here in the town where the Co-operative movement began.”

Supporting families will be funeral director, David Andrew who has over 20 years’ experience within the funeral industry. Speaking of the opening he said: “As we embark on providing high quality care locally to the bereaved, it’s great to see that so many members of the Rochdale community turned out to join us in marking this milestone.”

Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Surinder Biant, who planted a 'remembrance rose' at the opening, said:

"I'm very impressed with this new funeral home in the heart of Rochdale. I'm so pleased to be here on such a momentous occasion. The opening was very moving and professionally done. I hope Funeralcare can be 'Pioneers' in arranging funerals for such a diverse community."


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About The Co-operative Funeralcare

The Co-operative Funeralcare is the UK’s number one funeral services provider and part of The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.”


About The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group, 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-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.