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THE PALL OF FAME; Undertaker 'death Oscars' are gong... but not forgotten.

Byline: MIKE LOCKEY Staff Reporter mike.lockley@trinitymirror.com

Tthe Oscars you de nitely would be seen dead at - and there's guaranteed to be stiop HEY'RE the Oscars you denitely would be seen dead at - and there's guaranteed to be stiopposition for a gong.

e inaugural Ideal Death Show, a top of the plots for the funeral industry, promises to be a celebration of everything that's good about slipping this mortal coil. Funeral directors across the nation are bidding for a restHighlight e inaugural Ideal Death Show, a top of the plots for the funeral industry, promises to be a celebration of everything that's good about slipping this mortal coil. Funeral directors across the nation are bidding for a restinpiece of the action.

of the threeday event will be the Good Funeral Awards, a prizegiving ceremony for undertakers who undertake to solemnly walk the extra Highlight of the threeday event will be the Good Funeral Awards, a prizegiving ceremony for undertakers who undertake to solemnly walk the extra mile.

Categories at the glittering Bournville, Birmingham gathering include embalmer of the year, e Eternal Slumber Award for top cofSlumber cof n supplier, crematoriuim attendant of the year and Categories at the glittering Bournville, Birmingham gathering include embalmer of the year, e Eternal Slumber Award for top cofn supplier, crematoriuim attendant of the year and best gravedigger.

Winners will receive not Oscars but similarly sized gold statuettes of the Ancient Egyptian god of embalming, AnuRefreshments Winners will receive not Oscars but similarly sized gold statuettes of the Ancient Egyptian god of embalming, Anubis.

at the Beeches Hotel pall of fame, staged from September 5 to 7, will be served in Death Cafes where, presumably, chicken in the casket may Refreshments at the Beeches Hotel pall of fame, staged from September 5 to 7, will be served in Death Cafes where, presumably, chicken in the casket may well be on the menu.

Lectures from luminaries such as Times columnist Ann Treneman and Oldie magazine's Virginia Ironside will cover subjects like 'What It Feels Like To Die.' . Pretty nal, preCharles Lectures from luminaries such as Times columnist Ann Treneman and Oldie magazine's Virginia Ironside will cover subjects like 'What It Feels Like To Die.' . Pretty nal, presumably.

Charles Cowling, author of coee Cowling, author of coee table book e Good Funeral Guide, stressed that there is nothing mawkstressed mawkish or even macabre about thing associated with table book e Good Funeral Guide, stressed that there is nothing mawkish or even macabre about the celebration of everything associated with meeting your maker.

"ey're not weird, these great funeral people," he told the Sunday Mercury. "ey're wonderful."

"ey're not weird, these great funeral people," he told the Sunday Mercury. "ey're wonderful." " In fact, they've been known to really" In fact, they've been known to really let RIP.

"Above all," said Charles, "they're amazingly normal, just like us - kind, decent, friends in need. e world "Above all," said Charles, "they're amazingly normal, just like us - kind, decent, friends in need. e world needs to know this.

"ey richly deserve to have their praises sung and their stories told. is event is where we get to do that."

"ey richly deserve to have their praises sung and their stories told. is event is where we get to do that."

e show will also feature an exhibition of "unconventional funeral merchandise" - ideal for those wanting a fridge magnet for that urn on the mantle" e show will also feature an exhibition of "unconventional funeral merchandise" - ideal for those wanting a fridge magnet for that urn on the mantlepiece.

"e British tend to be a bit coy about their own mortality, 'but we're here to provide a space for the curious," said an event spokesman. "Many feel uncomfortable about the idea, but our weekends have more laughs than tears.

e British tend to be a bit coy about their own mortality, 'but we're here to provide a space for the curious," said an event spokesman. "Many feel uncomfortable about the idea, but our weekends have more laughs than tears.

"ere will also be death cafes, opportunities to discuss the Grim Reaper over tea and cake."

"ere will also be death cafes, opportunities to discuss the Grim Reaper over tea and cake."

Bournville - home of Cadbury chocolate - was chosen because of its Quaker links.

Cadbury chocolate - was chosen because of its Quaker links.

"ey had a reputation for progressive management and embracing ideas ahead of their time," said the "ey had a reputation for progressive management and embracing ideas ahead of their time," said the show aide. "We particularly like the way they put emphasis on making this world better rather than pondering what happens after leaving it.

"We respect the Quaker commitments to social justice, environmental consciousness and community."

All eyes will be on the industry's 'Oscars.' .' In all, there are 15 categories and Solihull's Colour My Funeral, a company that specialises in largerthanlife services , is bidding to lift the "best alternative to a hearse" title.

e rm, which also has a Shirley branch, has a eet of stretch VW Beetles, a vintage lorry and Harley Davidson chopper.

Director John Hall said: "We provide what people want. If they want to dance around the casket and play disco music they can have it. If they want 'traditional', they can have it.

"e motorcycles have proved popular with bikers, people who have loved the machines, boy and man."

" Award nominations come from satied customers, who can cast their vote on goodfuneralawards.co.uk/ nominate/

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Colour My Funeral's unique coffins

Aimee Hall with a VW camper hearse

Funeral of Thunderbirds' Gerry Anderson

Final journey for a keen biker

The last ride on a Harley |Davidson motorcycle for a biker.

The |funeral 'Oscar', the the Ancient Egyptian god of embalming, Anubis
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