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Funeral director unveils sponsorship of Blandford Youth Cricket

A LONG-STANDING Blandford funeral directors has emphasised its role in the community with a cricket sponsorship.

In 1985, Grassby & Sons of Dorchester extended into the Blandford and North Dorset area by working with local funeral director, Colin Close, to open Colin J Close Funeral Service in Blandford Forum.

They renovated the old ambulance station in Peel Close, off the Salisbury Road, with the company saying the premises complement the high standard of service the business provides to Blandford and the surrounding areas.

Colin has lived in the Blandford area all his life and has worked in the funeral trade since leaving school.

Although now retired, he regularly keeps up to date with what is going on at the branch.

“One of Colin’s great loves is cricket, so he was very pleased when we were asked to sponsor Blandford Youth Cricket Club,” a spokesperson said.

The Blandford branch is overseen by manager/funeral director Kaye Clemens, office manager Cathy McIver and funeral assistant, Reuben Normandale.

“With their experience they will guide you through each process required with compassion and professionalism,” the spokesperson added.

“We pride ourselves in listening to what our families would like for their loved one’s funeral, and we endeavour to accomplish their wishes.”

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