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New black cone measures relieve funeral car stress

By Garry McCartney

A FORRES funeral director has come up with a novel way of stopping traffic and encouraging more respect for mourners in the town.

Calum Ross with a black traffic cone aimed at encouraging drivers not to park ahead of a funeral
Calum Ross with a black traffic cone aimed at encouraging drivers not to park ahead of a funeral

Tom Ross and Sons has recently started using specially-designed black and white traffic cones to stop inconsiderate drivers from parking directly outside churches, when there is a funeral.

Since the unusual items were introduced in Forres, there has been more consideration by local drivers before and during ceremonies, as a result.

“People sometimes ignore normal traffic cones, thinking “I’ll only be five minutes” or “there doesn’t look to be any roadworks right now”, said managing director, Callum Ross. “When people realise why our new cones are out, they respect them more - which I think is important.”

Callum ordered the cross-marked cones from a national supplier for use on the High Street after seeing them used by another funeral director elsewhere.

The one-piece parking cones are moulded from recycled PVC and include a reflective sleeve with ‘FUNERAL’ on one side.

They are placed infront of the funeral venue to reserve space for the hearse and the cars of immediate family for when they arrive at the service. 

“It’s a difficult day without having the added stress of there being nowhere to park when arriving at the funeral of a close relative,” said Callum. “We try not to put the cones out for any longer than is necessary because local businesses rely on parking spaces for custom and other people still have to get on with their day.

“We try to do our job to the best of our ability whilst causing as little disruption to others and I think the cones help us to do that.”

Tom Ross and Sons took the extra measure to encourage more respect from local drivers but the managing director is quick to point out that Forres is generally good in that area.

“The harsh reality is that unfortunately losing someone we love is something we will all face at some point of our lives but we are very lucky that Forres is a close knit community that helps and supports each other through these times,” added Callum. “The mutual respect for each other that you see in Forres which has disappeared in other areas is definitely something that the town should be proud of.”

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