The Worshipful Mayor of The Borough of Ealing, Councillor Kamaljit Dhindsa, was guest of honour.
Paul Bye District Manager for Lodge Brothers in West London, opened the proceedings by welcoming the Mayor and all the guests to the new style premises, which would now enable Lodge Brothers to reconnect with the community of West Ealing.
The occasion saw the Dedication of the Chapel of Rest, led by the Reverend Peter Mackenzie of St Johns Church, West Ealing, with a reading by Reverend Peter Catford, Minister for Kingsdown Methodist Church.
After the Dedication, Beverley Lodge, Director of Lodge Brothers said she believed the new-style premises would further enhance the company’s local reputation and create a warm and comforting setting for bereaved families.
She added, “Our business was started in 1780, over 230 years ago. Today, Lodge Brothers is run by the seventh generation of our family. We are very proud that we now have 38 branches and yet we are still a family company, dedicated to up-holding traditional family values.”
The Mayor was then invited to unveil a plaque to mark the official re-launch of the branch.
“I had no idea that Lodge Brothers had as many as 38 branches,” he said, “and I think it highly admirable that this successful company should still be family owned and family run.”