Community get-together to mark five years

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BUSINESSES enjoyed a rather unusual networking event – at a funeral parlour.

Staff at J Edwards Funeral Directors in Bedhampton Road, Havant, invited members of the community to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of the shop.

Charley Davis from the Bedhampton branch and Daniel Bailey, from the sister branch, organised the event which began with bagpipes and the release of 16 pure white doves, brought along by Classic Doves of Havant.

Sharon Cox, from J Edwards, said: ‘Staff members including Jess McInnes, J Edwards sector manager, mingled with people from businesses along with celebrants and clergy as well as members of the public, all of whom enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch.

‘Handlers from J Edwards’ current charity Canine Partners also attended with one of their puppies in training, Sidney, who demonstrated his amazing ability to assist those with disabilities and help to transform their lives.’

There was a raffle with the proceeds being divided between Canine Partners and St Thomas’ Church in Bedhampton.