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Publication date:- 2017-05-12

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Local funeral firm celebrates 190th Birthday

Dean Brother's workforce (approx. 1900) with William Dean (far left) and Ellis Dean (far right)

A family run funeral directors in Liverpool is celebrating its 190th Anniversary, making it 1 of the oldest independent firms in the community.

Dean Brothers started in 1827 when Ellis Dean, a wheelwright by trade, began hand making coffins and supporting with funeral arrangements at the local Church, in the Village of Formby.

His son William moved the premises to its current location at Gores Lane and the firm traded as a builders and funeral directors in what was then a small village. William's sons, Ellis and William, formed Dean Brothers with the firm officially registered in 1946.

Now in its 7th generation, the team of 7 is run by Peter Dean, his wife Joyce, daughters Sharon and Samantha, and Iain Dean as the only independent, family owned funeral directors, in Formby, Merseyside.

The firm has undergone several extensions and refurbishments over the years to improve the facilities on offer to the public, but still maintains its traditional funeral services with a caring and dedicated approach.

Dean Brothers independent funeral directors (approx. 1920) at Gores Lane

Iain Dean, Managing Director of Dean Brothers, said:- "Dean Brothers has a long and proud history in Formby and we are very excited to be celebrating our 190th year in such a wonderful and friendly local community. We believe families should be proud of the funeral they organise for their loved ones which is why we ensure we support them in any way we can during the difficult time of bereavement."

As well as providing a range of funeral options, Dean Brother supports local charities with fundraising and provides a free digital service for members of the public to search local churchyards and cemeteries for family graves. This commitment was recognised in 2005 when the firm was awarded a 'Wow' award which highlights organisations going the extra mile for their community. The firm is also a longstanding member of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF), which represents over 870 independent, often family run, funeral directors across the country.

Terry Tennens, Chief Executive of SAIF, added:- "Iain and his team at Dean Brothers embody everything being a SAIF member is about; an independent firm that offers a professional, high quality funeral service with a personal touch. It is fantastic to see them celebrating 190 years of supporting the local community and still maintaining the caring support they offer to families during a difficult time."

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