Southern District LAFD January meeting

The Southern District of the LAFD (formerly Croydon District Association) started the year with their quarterly meeting held at the Hallmark Hotel in Croydon.

Chaired by Michael T. Thorpe of F.A. Albin & Son in Sidcup the meeting was attended by 30+ colleagues from funeral businesses across South London.

The meeting discussed a range of issues relating to the profession at the moment.

Those gathered were fortunate to enjoy an address by Dr Brian Parsons (author of The Undertaker at Work 1900-1950 http://www.brianparsons.org.uk/undertaker.html) who talked on the subject of Croydon funeral directors circa 1937.

The meeting learned about the antics of Messrs T. Ebbutt and family renowned funeral directors in Croydon then and now.  The Ebbutt family were instrumental in the formative years of the National Association of Funeral Directors as well as the LAFD.  The inter war years saw the funeral profession coming to terms with the rise of cremation and decline in burials.

This followed Brian’s triumphant presentation to the Western District of the LAFD on funeral service in West London in the early 20th century.

Chairman Mickey said “Thanks to everyone that came and in particular to Brian Parsons for giving such an excellent and interesting talk!”

The next meeting will be at the Hallmark Hotel, Croydon on Monday 13 April 2015

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