'Youngest undertaker' sets up firm
Published 06/10/2010 | 08:09
A 17-year-old boy is thought to be the youngest person in the country to run his own funeral director's firm.
George Simnett has been cleaning and preparing bodies full-time for the past two months - and last month set up his own business.
The teenage undertaker currently runs his company, GE Simnett and Family Funeral Directors, from the premises of Charnwood Funeral Services in Loughborough, Leicestershire, where he learnt his trade.
But he plans to buy his own offices as soon as he finds somewhere suitable.
Hailing from a farming family in Coleorton, Leics, he broke with family tradition by ditching livestock for dead bodies.
He said: "I went to agricultural college after leaving school and I had 150 sheep but I wasn't earning enough from them to make a wage so I had to get rid of them.
"I always wanted to be an undertaker, helping people at difficult times.
"I think I'm a caring person and I like caring for families. Preparing the body and getting it right for when the family sees it is very rewarding."
While other boys his age get their kicks from computer games and television, George enjoys getting corpses ready for funerals.
He said: "We clean up and prepare the bodies. We wash them, wash their hair, dry them, put make-up on their faces, cap their eyes and sew their mouths up to make them look like they're asleep."