People who will miss out on a celebration of their life can now find out exactly what their friends and family think of them, thanks to the launch of a ‘fake wake’ package at a North East bar.
Paying tributes to a deceased person plays a part in most funeral ceremonies, but the ‘guest of honour’ never really gets to hear their loved ones express their feelings – until now.
And that’s why Newcastle’s The Union Rooms is offering its newly refurbished events spaces and private meeting rooms for anyone who wants to celebrate their ‘passing’ – before they actually pass.
Stuart Young, of Cyclone Leisure, which owns The Union Rooms, believes that the bespoke package – which includes refreshments and the option for entertainment – is a first for the region.
“We are hoping that this might appeal to a whole range of people,” said Stuart.
“It may be someone who just wants to celebrate their life with family and friends or, sadly, someone with a life-limiting condition who may want to get their loved ones together.
“The fact that The Union Rooms is a historic building with such a special feel will give an added dimension and a sense of occasion to the gathering – or any others that people want to have here.”
The Union Rooms relaunched in late November after a complete transformation which includes upper level rooms suitable for private rooms, a restaurant and a stylish library.
As well as the fake wakes – which were inspired by a recent episode of television series Delicious - the venue is planning to host meetings, events and celebrations.
“We absolutely believe we’ve found a gap in the market and are looking forward to hearing from anyone who would like to talk to us about organising one of these events.”
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