An Eastwood funeral firm whose roots in the town stretch back to the days of DH Lawrence has marked 30 years of business in its current premises.
Eastwood and District Funeral Service celebrated the milestone earlier this month, three decades after opening the doors to its funeral parlour in Nottingham Road in 1983.
At the time the company had just relocated from its former premises in Victoria Street, next door to Lawrence’s birthplace.
It was formerly Leiver’s Garage, which had previously supplied limousines and hearses to local undertakers and had itself previously traded as the Star Livery Stables, which was founded in 1867 but changed its name when horse power gave way to the motor car.
The decision to move premises and set up Eastwood and District Funeral Service was taken by Barry Hutsby, who set up the business with his wife, Elaine, in the early 1970s.
He had helped to run the garage with Elaine’s aunt and uncle, Ada and Roy Leivers, before realising that there was more of a future in providing a complete funeral service.
They bought their current premises, which was formerly a plumber’s shop, because they needed more room in order to expand.
The company has since established three other funeral homes, in Stapleford Heanor and Kimberley.
Barry said: “It certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been 30 years since we moved to Nottingham Road and it’s funny to think that at the time our financial advisor didn’t think moving to bigger premises was a very good idea.
“We like to think that we are still here and prospering because we have always made it our mission to provide families with personal service that we would expect to receive ourselves.
“This is especially important these days because funerals are far more personal than they used to be.
“It gives us an enormous amount of pride to help families put together a send-off that they feel befits their loved one. One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is seeing families return to us at a time of loss – it makes us feel part of the community.