A Bo’ness businessman felt “extremely privileged” after flying to America to install the new president of the country’s National Funeral Directors’ Association.
It was the first time a Scotsman had the honour of investing the incoming president of the American national organisation.
Thomas Cuthell and Sons was founded in Bo’ness by Paul Cuthell’s great-grandfather in 1905.
It now has branches in Falkirk, Grangemouth and Denny, as well as premises in Bridgeness Road, Bo’ness.
Paul is also the president of the National Association of Funeral Directors in the UK (NAFD) and visited America for the world’s largest funeral trade international convention and expo.
Whilst there, he installed Robert C Moore as the new president of America’s NFDA.
Paul said: “I felt extremely privileged to be asked to carry out the duty, which was really great for the profile of not just the National Association of Funeral Directors but also our local family business here in Central Scotland.
“To be speaking at the biggest trade expo in the world really helps put the funeral industry here on the map.
“The traditions and cultures in the USA and UK are very different when it comes to funerals.
“But, as Associations, we have a unity in our desire to reach out to the bereaved and make a real difference in their lives at what is one of the most difficult times.
“It was also good to share ideas, look at new innovation, and assess where our two industries were going and what we could learn from each other.”
Paul was in America to promote the 2015 National Funeral Exhibition in Warwickshire in an attempt to attract more exhibitors from overseas.
Whilst there, he was also part of a 1000-strong audience which attended the annual service of remembrance in memory of those in the American funeral profession that had died in the past year.
Founded by Thomas Cuthell, and then followed by his sons James and Archie, the firm is now run by Archie’s sons Grant and Colin, daughter-in-law Margaret , grandsons Alistair and Paul and grand-daughter Michelle.