The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Chris Lynn formally unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the Co-op's new Funeral Parlour in London Street. Previously, the Co-op's premises had been in Junction Road, but they needed to move to a larger site.
Their new premises, next to the Andover Advertiser in London St, are on the site of a former pub. They include a Chapel of Rest, where the Rector of St Mary's, the Reverend John Harkin conducted a short service before four doves were released, as a symbol of peace.
The Co-op accounts for about 25% of all funerals in the country and have been based in Andover for some 30 years. The local funeral co-ordinator, Robyn Marriott welcomed guests to the opening ceremony and to a reception after the formalities were completed.