New plans for funerals

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A MAN has started his own business after identifying a niche market in Scarborough’s funeral industry.

Colin Nolan, 40, is offering none religious funerals through his enterprise The Celebrant.

He has undergone specialist training to become a member of a new breed of independent civil celebrants and following his training is now accredited with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants.

Celebrants are qualified to preside over civil services but, unlike humanist officiants who offer only an atheistic service they can include spiritual elements such as hymns, prayers and blessings.

Mr Nolan, pictured centre, said: “In today’s more secular society, fewer people find themselves associated to a particular church, yet many still hold onto some form of either spiritual or religious beliefs.

“When it comes to organising a funeral quite often a religious service or more atheist style humanist service is offered when neither is truly appropriate.

“As an Independent Civil Celebrant I can tailor a funeral to those of all faiths and those with none. Some funerals I conduct may be totally non-religious where others may include prayers, hymns, or other ceremonial ideas.”

Mr Nolan spent the last 13 years working for Foundation managing services aimed at vulnerable people. He took voluntary redundancy last May so he could train to become a Celebrant and set up his own business. He one of only two accredited Celebrants in the county with the Fellowship.