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Unusual Funeral Vehicles

When we think of a funeral vehicle we think of the traditional hearse with a number of cars following closely behind. With funerals becoming more personalised and less traditional, so does the transportation. Choosing a unique and unusual vehicle, funeral directors are having to accommodate more and more with these requests. A sleek back limo is not the only way to travel to your final send off. From steam rollers and milk floats to Del Boy’s van and motorcycle hearse’s, we have selected a few below!

Scooby Doo Mystery Machine


The Mystery Machine is the main transportation of Mystery Inc, taking the gang on adventures all over the world. The gang consists of Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and of course Scooby-Doo. There is no better send off for a Scooby-Doo fan. The colours might not be to everyone’s taste however it represents just how personalised funerals are becoming.

Army Tank


Wanting their final journey to be in a refurbished army tank, these are becoming more popular for deceased veterans or military enthusiasts alike. Second hand models are popular with enthusiasts due to their low cost, compared to other military vehicles. There are companies that specialize in converting army tanks into suitable hearses – some which have seen service in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Tandem Bike Hearse

If the environment meant a lot to the deceased or they loved bikes, this seems to be the appropriate hearse choice for them. Converted tandem bikes, fitted with a side-car to carry the coffin have been used more prominently over the years.



Monster Truck Hearse

The Monster Truck Hearse is another surprisingly popular choice in the USA. It is being seen as a mighty send off for Monster Truck fanatics. Mechanics take pride in converting space on the Monster Truck to be more hearse-like.



With personalised funeral vehicles becoming more popular than ever, these are just a few of the most unusual funeral vehicles that are out there today. It gives spectators a view into your world – putting your personal stamp on proceedings.

Your guide to choosing the right funeral plan

The option to plan and arrange your own funeral has recently become a favoured choice. Most funeral directors now offer different funeral plans which each include a range of different services. But with so many packages and plans available, choosing the right one for you can become stressful and daunting. So we’ve created this small guide to help you choose the best plan for you.

What is a funeral plan?

A funeral plan is a specialised investment product that allows you to pre-arrange and/or pre-pay a funeral. While planning your own funeral may sound a bit morbid, there are some benefits of having a funeral plan in place. These include having the burial/cremation costs frozen at today’s prices, a lesser financial worry for your family at the time of need and your wishes carried out as you request.

Financing available

Nowadays financing options are available with most plans. This means that the cost can be spread out over a period of time, up to 3 years, if needed. At Clydebank
Co-operative Funeral Directors, we offer financing for all our funeral plans.

Peace of mind

Funeral plans can certainly offer peace of mind, knowing that you have arrangements made in advance. And, if you’re able to pay for it up front, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that it’s all paid for your family won’t be left to pay it off either, with the exception of costs that we do not control i.e. Humanist or Celebrant fees/Intimation notices/flowers/catering.


Your funeral plan allows you to choose exactly how you want your funeral to be. A lot of people don’t want their funerals to be sad, but rather an inspiring celebration of life. A plan would allow you make it like this, making it more comforting for the bereaved too.

Our funeral plans

At Clydebank Co-operative Funeral Directors, we have three set funeral plan and also a Bespoke option which is tailored to suit different requirements.

Standard Funeral Plan

Our Standard Funeral Plan is the first option available. Prices start at £2921.00 to £3271.00.

This plan provides the following:

  • A standard cremation/burial coffin tastefully lined and fitted
  • The hearse and necessary attendants at the funeral
  • Making all the necessary arrangements for the funeral
  • Removal of the deceased to our chapel of rest (up to 20 miles)
  • Taking and dealing with all enquiries
  • Giving advice on all matters relating to the funeral
  • The care & preparation of the deceased
  • Visiting the Chapel of Rest
  • Funeral date and time mutually agree
  • Cost of Cremation/Burial (Mon-Fri)

The Traditional Funeral Plan

Our second funeral plan offers a traditional funeral service, which we have been offering for over 80 years. Prices start from £3171.00 to £3521.00

The Traditional Funeral Plan offers the following:

  • A traditional veneered coffin, tastefully lined and fitted.
  • The hearse and necessary attendants at the funeral
  • One following limousine
  • Making all the necessary arrangements for the funeral
  • Removal of the deceased to our Chapel of Rest (up to 20 miles)
  • Taking and dealing with all enquiries
  • Giving advice on all matters relating to the funeral
  • The care and preparation of the deceased
  • Visiting the Chapel of Rest
  • Funeral date and time mutually agreed

Cost of Cremation/Burial (Mon-Fri)

The Sterling Funeral Plan

The Sterling Funeral prices start at £3711.00 to £4061.00

A wide range of Funeral Director’s services are available including:

  • A semi-solid wood coffin, tastefully lined and fitted.
  • A choice of quality linings and fittings
  • The hearse and necessary attendants at the funeral
  • Two following limousines
  • Making all the necessary arrangements for the funeral
  • Removal of the deceased to our Chapel of Rest (up to 20 miles)
  • Taking and dealing with all enquiries
  • Giving advice on all matters relating to the funeral
  • The care and preparation of the deceased
  • Date and time of funeral at the family’s choosing (subject to local conditions)
  • Visiting the Chapel of Rest


If you require further information about our funeral plans, do not hesitate to contact our locally based staff are available 24 hours on 0141 952 1573 or 0141 846 1819‎

Festive Opening Hours

Clydebank Co-op Funerals Christmas Opening Times

Should you find yourself in need of our services over the festive period, please be reassured that we have staff on-call 24 hours a day. Clydebank Co-op Funerals Chrismas opening times – the office will be closed from Saturday 23rd December at 12 noon until Wednesday 27th December at 9am. However, should you call, (01419521573) you will speak directly with one of our qualified staff members rather than an answering service.

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Memorial Tribute Christmas Tree

Christmas Memorial Tree

Today we launch our Memorial Tribute Christmas Tree, this gives families the opportunity to remember a loved one by placing a message on our Christmas Memorial Tree, for each memory placed we will make a donation to our chosen charity, which this year is Alzheimer Scotland. When deciding which charity to choose, we looked into the donations that had been taken at our services throughout the year and Alzheimer was a popular choice by many families.

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Talking To A Loved One About Final Wishes

Talking to a loved one about their final wishes is often a taboo subject, people don’t like to think about death or dying, let alone sit and discuss it.  However, from personal experience, I wish we as a family had discussed our mums’ wishes, as when the time came, we were all very emotional and couldn’t think straight. Luckily we have a Funeral Wishes form. Continue reading

Meet The Team

We have five Funeral Directors at Clydebank Co-operative Society, with a great wealth of knowledge and experience between them. They jointly have over a 100 years’ service to the Society and are supported by a caring and professional team of Funeral Service Operatives and Administrative Assistants, so you can rest assured you and your loved ones are in safe and capable hands.

Allow me to introduce you to our Funeral Directing staff:

Funeral Directors


Alex Blair, has been helping bereaved families in the community for over 38 years, he told me   “my role as a Funeral Director is not a job as such, it’s more a vocation”.   When he is not working, Alex can often been found representing the company at events and presentations.  He is often affectionately referred to by his families as “a very nice man”


Jim Gourlay, has over 40 years of service to the Society,  Jim said “I pride myself in my dedication to providing a personal, caring service to the families I work with and my extensive experience helps me to offer the best possible advice and guidance”. 



Scott Milton Dip.FA&A has gained a  Diploma in Funeral Arranging and Administration and is our youngest Funeral Director, he enjoys working closely with families and helping them at this difficult time, his personal motto is “treat everyone’s loved one as though they are my own”.

We take pride in the fact that all of our Funeral Directors live locally and they have built good relationships not only with our families they serve but with people they work with such as Clergy, Florists and Caterers.

“Clydebank Co-operative Funeral Directors, always here for you in your time of need”

Please check in again for an introduction to our other staff.