Immigrantion is changing the face and funeral industry of London, for the better
Robdeep Verma was born in London, his parents, immigrants from Bangladesh set up a thriving business and he expects to live in the capital for the rest of his life as do the rest of his family. The Verma’s and many like them are irreversibly altering London’s funeral market and directors should rejoice.
On Monday 21st April at 2pm we’ll be liveblogging a very special alk and imagining the future of medicine.
A conference with wide-reaching implications for all involved in the industry- embalmers, undertakers, carers and naturally those in the medical profession.
Hosted by Dara Ó Briain, the conference will feature speakers at the forefront of medicine exploring how we can make the future of medicine brighter. Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, watch a livestream of the event here and check out the highlights in our live blog.
Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers from 2002, died on March 11, 2014.
One of Britain’s most high-profile union leaders, the announcement of Bob’s death was met with shock and saw union, industry and political figures paying tribute to him. London Mayor Boris Johnson, who often clashed with him, said Mr Crow had “fought tirelessly” for his members. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Mr Crow had been a “fighter and a force”.
Bob’s funeral, held on the 24th March, was in the traditional East End Style, with Black Friesian horses wearing blue and white feathers recognising of his life long support of Milwall Football Club local funeral directors Floyd and Son put on the funeral.
The Funeral procession route is as follows
• Snakes Lane East (IG8 7GF)
• Right onto Chigwell Road
• Down to Charlie Brown’s roundabout
• Onto Herman Hill
• Follow to Wanstead High Street
• Right at the crossroads of Wanstead Station
• First left to Aldersbrook Road and on to Crematorium (E12 5DQ)
The route will be clearly marked on the day and agreed with the police. Trade unionists with banners and flags have been invited to line the route.
Three days later, on March 14th Tony Benn, a Labour politician and Member of Parliament for 47 years died following a serious illness. Following his death Commons Speaker and former Conservative MP John Bercow filed a request to Buckingham Palace for the body of Mr Benn to rest in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft on 26 March, the night before his funeral.
The announcement was controversial as this would make Mr Benn only the second politician to receive the honor, sharing a place in history with his arch-enemy Margaret Thatcher.
In the 20th century Britain’s population grew by over 20 million people, but the number of the deaths per year has been in decline since 1960. But things are looking up, Prepared London created this infographic to show you why business is set to improve for those in the industry over the next 10 years. Taking into account birth rates, population size and life expectancy this is a comprehensive analysis, click here for the interactive version.