Luton council to carry out mock funerals 'under floodlights'

Vale cemetery Vale cemetery in Luton could offer burials as late as 6pm, under floodlights

Mock funerals are to be carried out for a council to test whether it is safe for burials to take place under floodlights.

Luton's two cemeteries are looking to open until 18:00, because "the public, funeral directors and clergy leaders are asking for later burials".

Both the Vale and general cemeteries have opened until 15:30, since the 1950s.

A report to the council said mock funerals required a risk assessment.

The executive, which meets on Monday, has been recommended to change the opening hours and to enter a consultation with six full-time staff over possible changes to pay and conditions.

The floodlights would cost £2,000 for the council to buy, and the council plans to charge £50 for each use.

The report states that it expects the floodlights to be in use for six months a year.

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