Funeral Directors are supposed to be terribly stiff and dull aren't they? Well Alan Greenwood and Sons seem to break the mould a little as a local undertakers in North Cheam who are happy to be a little more prominent and commemorative - certainly in their window display.
Mags Johnson who manages the business is passionate about celebrating our fallen soldiers and has often got a patriotic display of one sort or another in the window. Right now the shop, which is opposite Langley Avenue on London Road has a display dedicated to the commemoration of our role in the Great War.
Mags is also passionate about animals (and also collects interesting telephones - some of which can also often be seen in the displays) and runs the annual free breakfast and coffee morning to raise money for the Battersea Dog and Cats Home.
|Paul Scully presenting Mags Johnson with independent |
trader of the year 4th place certificate last year.
The business seems to have gained quite a deal of respect from local people for their enthusiastic exhibitions, having finished in the top four in last year's independent shop of the year competition. Not bad for a funeral directors!
Of all the local shops I have seen commemorating the start of WWI, this one has most certainly put in the most effort.
I don't often ponder such things but I have found myself considering that if I were to shuffle of this particular mortal coil anytime soon, I'd be quite happy to have Mags and co sorting out the honours...