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Crematorium £2.9m upgrade completed in Douglas

In 1960 the Douglas borough chapel was converted to allow for cremations, the first of which was carried out in 1961 Image copyright Stephen Ritch
Image caption Council leader David Christian said it was a "costly but long overdue project."

A £2.9m development to upgrade the Manx crematorium and cemetery has been completed, Douglas Borough Council has said.

The project has seen £1.8m spent on the building and a further £1m spent on the grounds and driveway.

Council leader David Christian said it was a "costly but long-overdue project".

According to the council the crematorium now provides greater "convenience and comfort" for mourners.

The work included a new exit from the chapel, improved disabled access and new toilets.

A council spokesman said the committal room was now fitted with EU-compliant equipment and a new cremator had been installed.

Works also included repairs to walls and pathways in the gardens.

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