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Scattering of ashes

The East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society provides a service for the families of deceased railway enthusiasts. The ashes of deceased loved ones can be placed in the firebox of a steam locomotive.

The ceremony for invited guests takes place at the picturesque station of Irwell Vale, where the ashes of the deceased are placed in the firebox of a steam locomotive and a silence is observed for one minute. It is also possible for a short service, reading or verse to be performed by prior arrangement. The ashes will be distributed over the glorious Irwell Vale as the locomotive leaves the station.

Flowers can be left on the station at Irwell Vale and refreshments can be organised if requested at extra cost. These can be served either on the train or once the train returns to Bury.

Support from a Board Member of the Preservation Society will be provided at each step of the journey.

Each member of the invited party will be required to purchase a return travel ticket between Bury and Rawtenstall. Any donations will go to the East Lancashire Railway Preservation Society (Reg. Charity No 1190609)

Interested parties should contact the following Preservation Society Board Members for more details and to check availability:-

Don Vause - 0161 766 1909

Gerald Atherton - 07836 294254

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