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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007, 10:58 GMT
Crematorium tackles obese problem
The new furnaces cost 1.2m and took four years to build
A crematorium in Norfolk is to handle larger coffins to meet the demands of a more obese population.

A new furnace at Mintlyn Crematorium in Bawsey was installed on Saturday to accommodate 1m wide coffins.

The 1.2m project to replace three furnaces took four years. Two will be able to handle the wider coffins.

A King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council spokeswoman said: "Obesity problems mean that many older style cremators do not meet the requirements."

"Should the current obesity trend continue, then this will increasingly become a problem."

Tranquil setting

The furnaces are also designed to meet the government's environmental targets to reduce mercury.

Mercury is emitted into the atmosphere as a result of dental fillings going through the cremation process.

Cabinet member councillor David Harwood said: "Ours is the first crematorium in East Anglia to install equipment that tackles the issue of mercury emissions."

Improvements have also been made to the gardens to provide a peaceful and tranquil setting for quiet contemplation.

Mintlyn Crematorium was opened in 1980 and occupies a fifteen acre site near King's Lynn.

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