Coronation Street Funeral
83 Years of Service
Company Story       
The First Eighty Three Years... (2)
Arthur Gresty
In 1945, Arthur leased The Sale Moor Garage, his combined commercial garage and funeral directors premises (with the first private rest room facilities in Sale Moor). The following year, he managed to purchase the property which is still owned by the Gresty family. Around this time he also changed his Austin Hearse for a 25HP Vauxhall.
Over the years, the company cars have been used extensively on weddings and high class chauffeur hire. Indeed, the company has had the honour of appearing in a number of TV programmes, such as Coronation Street, and carrying many show business personalities, prominent politicians (including Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath & James Callaghan) and also members of the Royal family (including The Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Margaret, The Duchess of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester) throughout the 60's and 70's
Our cars have also been part of the Royal Cortege on several occasions, when the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne visited Manchester and the surrounding areas. Throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's the company had various contracts with Manchester City Council, coach and vehicle hire companies around the Manchester region.
In 1947, Arthur was proud to be accepted into The Masonic Lodge, Pax Vera (No. 6200) based at Tatton Road, Sale, and later The DeSala Chapter. He worked through the various chains of office and was a strong member of the lodge for 41 years until his death in 1988.
Robert Gresty was born in 1940, the youngest of three children. After studying Metal Work and Engineering Drawing at Sale Grammar School, Robert left school in 1956 and worked with his father, trading as a partnership. The company was incorporated as a limited company in 1965. He attended Newton Heath Technical College and obtained the C. & G. Motor Vehicle Mechanics and Technicians Certificates. Robert then took the National Certificate Course in Heat Engines, qualifying with endorsements in Electricity and Workshop Technology, completing his studies at UMIST.
In 1962, Robert took the National Association of Funeral Directors examination and proudly obtained the Diploma in Funeral Directing, thus becoming the first qualified Funeral Director in the Sale/Altrincham area. He later qualified for membership of the B.I.E. in the 1980.
In 1960, the family moved from Sale Moor to Thorley Lane in Timperley. Then, in 1963, after the death of Robert’s mother, he and his father moved to the current family home at Manchester Road, Altrincham.
Robert mainly operated the garage repair centre, petrol sales, MOT centre and chauffeur hire side of the business from the Sale Moor Garage, whilst Arthur built up the Funeral Service side of the business.
Operating an Austin Breakdown Truck, a Land Rover Estate and, later, a Land Rover Recovery Vehicle, the company offered an extensive 24 hour breakdown service to its clients, the A.A. and the R.A.C., whilst at the same time offering a 24 hour funeral service.
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