Followers provided ultimate resting place at Cheltenham racecourse

  • Racing followers can now select Cheltenham as their ultimate resting place.

    The Cheltenham Columbarium Wall will include the ashes of those that want to be laid to relaxation on the dwelling of leap racing.

    The wall is a partnership with Spirit of Sport UK, which specialises in putting in columbarium partitions in well-known sporting venues. Cheltenham is the primary main British racecourse to be included.

    “Courting again to Roman instances, a columbarium is a wall made up of particular person areas referred to as ‘niches’, into which urns are inserted containing the cremated ashes of family members,” mentioned a Jockey Membership spokesman.

    “The area of interest is closed off with a granite piece bearing the occupant’s identify and age and the date of their passing.

    “Anybody can reserve their area of interest earlier than their very own dying, whereas the service may also be accessible to those that have already got the ashes of their family members safely saved. Niches are provided on a 30-year lease.

    “On the finish of the lease, ashes shall be buried beneath the racecourse. Cheltenham annual members shall be handed a precedence window of six weeks by to the tip of the Pageant, earlier than opening it as much as the broader racing neighborhood.”

    A complete of 800 niches can be found and “provided on a first-come, first-served foundation”.

    “An inurnment ceremony will happen to insert the urn into its personal area of interest, whereas an inurnment day – a separate devoted event – will give family and friends the chance to go to the Cheltenham Columbarium Wall and lift a glass of their reminiscence,” added the spokesman.

    “With a trendy design created particularly for Cheltenham, the wall is located by the Centaur Bridge on the entrance to the racecourse and supplies a resting place which could be visited all yr spherical.”

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