Video by Dean Martyn for his degree show 2008
Listeners to this week’s edition of Radio 4’s hilarious News Quiz hooted from the outset when the programme kicked off with this announcement from the Whitby Gazette:
Does your Mum deserve an evening of pampering which will make her feel like a princess? The Whitby Gazette has teamed up with Co-operative Funeralcare to give her a night out she’ll remember for years to come.
A scan of the Whitby Gazette website reveals that, owing to the fierceness of the competition, there were, thanks to the bottomless generosity of the Co-op, two incredibly lucky winners (a dead heat): Lisa O’Brien and Donna Dyson. Not only were they fed, they were also presented with floral tributes (coffin sprays?) by Effcare’s tame florist and, of course, conveyed hither and yon in long wheel-base griefmobiles.
Lisa suffers from osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Donna is her Dad’s carer. Read the story here.
Is it puerile to snigger at undertakers who do good works? Yes, of course it is. But only if good works are done for good works’ sake. By good people.