'Lack of respect' toward funerals

As many as 25% of people do not show proper respect to a funeral procession, with teenagers and adults up to their mid-40s likely to be the worst offenders, a survey found.

The Co-operative Funeralcare poll said Scots showed the most courtesy, followed by residents in Northern Ireland and northern England. Midlands residents were the least likely to show respect towards funeral corteges.

The survey also showed that more than 29% of 18-44-year-olds among those polled did not know of the tradition of giving way to funeral processions, and 51% did not know that people by the roadside were expected to stop what they were doing out of respect.

The study of 2,088 people highlighted generations who were unaware of traditions and etiquette once normal, said David Collingwood, Co-operative Funeralcare national operations director.

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