STIRLING Crematorium has received a major upgrade as restrictions on the number of people allowed at funeral services are set to continue.

The upgrade to audio-visual equipment will allow mourners who cannot attend to follow the service online.

George Bell, regional manager at Westerleigh Group which owns the crematorium in Bannockburn, said: “Sadly, it is clear that restrictions that limit the number of people attending a funeral to 30 will be with us for many more months.

“Webcasting enables people to join in the service online and it has been available for some time.

“Now, we sometimes have hundreds of mourners logging on for individual services and we have partnered with Obitus to upgrade and improve the technology and make it more robust and reliable.

“We spoke to funeral arrangers and celebrants and they overwhelmingly supported the look and feel of the online system offered by Obitus as they provide comfort to those who have to use the system.”

The upgrade is part of a nationwide project by Westerleigh Group, which operates 34 crematoria in the UK.

James Crossland, managing director of Obitus which supplied the technology, added: “At the forefront of everything we do is to ensure that in these difficult times people can say goodbye to their loved ones in a dignified way with a seamless webcasting service.”