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Pyrotechnic Eulogy

October 27, 2010

Preacher’s funerals go with a blast

Chris Pearce, managing director of Dudley-based Jubilee Fireworks, gives sparkling send-offs on request.

He launches rockets loaded with cremated remains into the sky, ensuring a fitting farewell for watching relatives.

As well as his day job the 49-year-old gives sermons on the side and he has even introduced fireworks to his services so that they go with a bang.

Methodist Mr. Pearce has given his daring displays at churches in Dudley, Tipton, West Bromwich and Wednesbury as well as obliging with the special scattering ceremonies.

“One or two people every year request to have their ashes launched in a rocket,” he said. “Particularly firework enthusiasts decide this is a good way to say goodbye.

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If ever there was something funerals were lacking it’s excitement. Kudos to Mr. Pearce for putting the “fun” back in funeral.

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