A FUNERAL firm has apologised to two families after first burying the wrong man - then exhuming the coffin without permission and secretly replacing it with the correct one.
The atrocious blunder by Co-op Funeralcare was made despite a vicar spotting that the coffin being lowered into the grave at Frankby Cemetery bore the completely wrong name.
He was also alerted by a seven-year age difference on the plaque and a crucifix emblem on the coffin - normally associated with Catholic burials and not the Anglican service he was conducting.
When Reverend Andrew Mannings discreetly raised his concerns - bluntly saying he believed there had been “a dreadful mistake” - the female funeral director instead insisted to him that the deceased had two names, and that the correct body had been buried.
But moments after the vicar and the bereaved family had left the graveside, the Co-op staff realised they had indeed made a terrible error. ~~~CLICK HEAR~~~
how can somthink like this happen