Blue lantern turns maroon

Mayor attends re-opening ceremony at local funeral parlour

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley spoke recently at the re-opening of a local funeral parlour. Frederick W. Paine’s chapels were re-dedicated at a ceremony attended by local clergy, coroners, and the registrar.

Established in 1884, the firm’s famous blue lantern has long been a feature of Morden’s landscape. It has only now changed colour to maroon, matching the colours of its new owner, Dignity Caring Funerals.

Originally built to serve the St. Helier Estate, Frederick W. Paine has seen Bruce and Jan Haworth, as funeral director and funeral services arranger, give 41 years and 23 years service respectively to their community.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Edith Macauley, said: “I was very impressed with the rededication service and the high standard of re-decoration.”

The Mayor was thanked for her words, and presented with flowers and a commemorative glass bowl by the Frederick W. Paine parlour in Crown Lane.