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Rebecca Wright from Durham becomes an undertaker at 16

A teenage girl has followed in her father's footsteps to become one of the UK's youngest undertakers at 16.

Rebecca Wright, of Durham City, started her apprenticeship at her father Stuart's parlour this summer, straight after her GCSEs.

He got into the funeral business at aged 15, and set up the Stuart Wright Funeral Service in 1992.

Miss Wright said she got a lot of "satisfaction" from the job. "I really enjoy it," she said.

Her daily duties include preparing bodies, making funeral arrangements with bereaved families and attending funerals, acting as a pallbearer.

But because she is only 16, she cannot yet drive the funeral cars until she is 17 and has passed her test.

She said: "I do enjoy being involved in the preparation of the deceased, doing the make-up and the hair, and get a lot of satisfaction out of this making them look their best.

"A lot of people think it is an unusual career choice for a young girl, but I really enjoy it."

Mr Wright said: "Funerals have been a passion of mine for a number of years - Rebecca has known the business since she was born and spent many hours here.

"It wasn't a great surprise to me when she followed in my footsteps."

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