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Boston Crematorium improvements

The start of big improvements have been made at Boston Crematorium.

New individual seats have replaced the old fixed benches in the chapel. This has retained the same seating capacity but allows for more flexibility in the layout, so, for example, wheelchair users can sit within the same rows as their family instead of being in the aisle. Smaller congregations can arrange the seating to suit if desired to make it more intimate.

All of the carpeting has been replaced along with the leather upholstery and curtains with co-ordinated colour scheme of purples/lilac and greys.

The walls have been redecorated to match, and the 1960s overhead lighting has been replaced by modern energy-efficient LED units which can be dimmed to suit all occasions. This is now complemented by soft wall lighting complete with built-in emergency lighting.

The hymn books have also been replaced now offering more than 600 different hymns.

All of this adds to recent upgrades in technology in the chapel which includes the facility to show visual tributes on screen, webcast funeral services worldwide and record services which can be supplied on various media. The digital chapel music system is capable of sourcing almost any piece of commercially-available music, and also caters for special pieces by arrangement, such as family recordings.

Shortly a redundant area will be upgraded to provide additional parking and further improvements internally and externally are planned for the future.

Cllr Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for  tourism, arts, culture and heritage, said: "Boston crematorium is rather unique. Although an older building compared to others, it sits in an haven of tranquil natural beauty. With the improvements already provided and further improvements in the future, the crematorium will provide all with a better offer."


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PIctured in the new chapel are Martin Potts, principal officer for bereavement, Cllr Claire Rylott, portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage and Christian Allen, head of operations at Boston Borough Council