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Second crematorium in Northern Ireland due to open next week

The new crematorium is based in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim
Suzanne McGonagle

A second crematorium in Northern Ireland is due to open next week.

The facility, which is based in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, is expected to provide around 30 cremations a week.

The opening of the new crematorium comes amid growing demand for cremations, with the only other facility at Roselawn, on the outskirts of east Belfast.

The new crematorium, which is located on the Doagh Road, was built by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council at a cost of around £5 million.

The state-of-the-art facility also includes a memorial garden and columbarium for the interment of ashes.

The BBC has reported that the facility will offer six cremations each day and will be open from Monday to Friday.

There is room for 164 mourners, plus an overflow area.

On the council website, it states: "We believe that providing a respectful and relaxed service is essential and we don't want families to feel rushed, therefore we will offer a 45 minute service hourly from 10am to 3pm".

A cremation costs £950 with a reduced rate of £475 for residents of the local council area.

All faiths are able to use the facility and services can be religious or secular.

Former mayor Billy Webb, speaking at the start of the construction of the crematorium, said: "This much-needed facility will serve our residents and people across the whole of Northern Ireland. 

"It will provide further choice and options for those considering difficult plans with loved ones.”

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