Funeral director offers ceremonies with all the fun of the fair

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AN UNDERTAKER is offering funerals with a difference – ceremonies with all the fun of the fair.

Stuart Wright, 45, recently acquired a Dutch street organ used to entertain passers-by on the streets of Amsterdam, and now he hopes to offer families a chance to add a lighter note to proceedings when they say goodbye to their loved ones.

The Durham-based undertaker said he has had a passion for fairground organs since he was a boy, and he now feels his passion and occupation can be intertwined.

He added: “I’m more than happy to take the organ to funerals, and I’ve already had requests from people who want the organ played to lighten the sombre mood.”

The 40-year-old, 56-key organ was built by the Perlee family, the oldest barrel organ builders in Holland, and plays music on cards using the same principle as a barrel organ.

Mr Wright founded the family business in 1992, and now has branches in Gilesgate, Langley Park and Pelton, Chester-le-Street.