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A remarkable search is under way to reunite families with long lost relatives. Remarkable because those relatives are long since dead.
A Midlands funeral director is trying to match more than 150 urns of unclaimed ashes with their living descendants. Andy Bevan reports.
Birmingham funeral director, Phil Painter, has appealed directly to families who have lost relatives more than five years ago to make sure they have collected their ashes.
150 sets have been left unclaimed at branches of William H. Painter in South Yardley, Chelmsley Wood, Castle Bromwich, Knowle, Solihull and Kings Heath.
_"We're keen to stress this isn't about recently bereaved families or those who have asked us to keep ashes on their behalf, perhaps, until they too die. This is about ashes that have been left unclaimed for years." _Phil told ITV News Central.
Those who believe that the unclaimed ashes of a relative may be currently held by William H. Painter should contact them on 0121 706 1291.
A funeral directors in the Midlands is appealing for families to collect the ashes of relatives that have been left unclaimed at branches across Birmingham.
William H. Painter, has launched an appeal to find the next of kin for 150 unclaimed sets of ashes that have been stored for at least five years or more.
The oldest set of ashes that remain unclaimed were cremated in 1953.