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Our years of service will
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When you place your trust in Alistair Turner, you can expect the highest standards of professionalism. Our values of compassion, dedication, integrity and respect - for everyone - drive our truly distinct service.

Alistair Turner established his own company in 2005 building on his own, and a long established family, legacy of serving Alnwick, Amble and Rothbury communities and earning their trust. The family business starts with David Cockburn in 1922, a joiner and cabinet-maker which included the manufacture of coffins for customers as part of this service. Like any joiners during the 20th Century, this provision gradually extended to arranging the whole funeral. On leaving school, David’s nephew George joined the family business and developed a reputation as being the Alnwick Undertaker providing care for families right up to his own death in 1992. Alistair Turner is George’s nephew and he took over the family business immediately. By 1996, and responding to the needs of local families, Alistair commissioned purpose built premises at Greensfield Park in Alnwick. In 2005, Alistair decided to rebrand the business to Alistair Turner and a year later, acquired two new offices in Amble and Rothbury. Retirement beckoning, Alistair sought out another family business with ethics and experience to take on the legacy of his own. William Purves, with its five generations and reputation for premier funeral services was a natural fit. Today, our values of compassion, dedication, integrity and respect are at the heart of Alistair Turner as the team continue supporting bereaved families in Alnwick, Amble, Rothbury and surrounding areas. 

William Purves history

 

Helping you honour their life

As the final ritual of life, a funeral is our way of saying goodbye, honouring a life lived and a life loved. Funerals play an important role in our grieving process and often we can feel a huge responsibility to get it right. Which is why we start with the view that every funeral is unique and every funeral is special. In years to come we want you to look back without regret and take comfort from the way you laid your loved one to rest. We have been guiding and supporting families through bereavement for many generations. Let our family help your family by sharing with you the wealth of understanding and experience we have gathered over the years.

Our team

As independent funeral directors we serve bereaved families in our local community.

News & Blog

Explore our blog and news section for advice, resources and the latest news affecting funerals.

News & Blog

Explore our blog and news section for advice, resources and the latest news affecting funerals.

Testimonials

"It's reassuring to have all these details ironed out and in a plan for the family to follow."

C MacCrae (81) 
C MacCrae (81)

"... our plans will ensure that the children have a clear idea of what we want and we've put a significant sum towards paying for it."

G Ferguson (75) 
G Ferguson (75)

"Your Plan of Wishes checklist has enabled the whole family to tackle a subject we'd been avoiding for a long time."

H Smith (37) 
H Smith (37)

Latest Posts

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Are you prepared for your digital death?

James Morris, our managing director and funeral director for 30 years explores the impact death has in the digital world of 2021. A few months ago, one of my colleagues received a message on his phone. From his reaction, something was obviously not quite right.  He...

Announcing a death

When facing a bereavement, an early challenge for all families is how they can best share the news amongst people – near and far.  MD James Morris explores how this can be done in 2021. Sharing the news with a deceased's wider circle avoids potentially awkward moments...

Cutting the jargon around funerals

Those arranging a funeral today have more choice than any other generation before. Options are plentiful and personalising each event means no two funerals are the same. But this can lead to confusion and the last thing anyone facing a bereavement needs, is...