Flower power rainbow hearse owners want to make underwater funerals a thing

Metro 2 weeks ago
Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
Matthew Clowes, 37, and David Gersch, 27, are putting the fun back into funerals (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)

Two entertainers are on a mission to become the UK’s wildest funeral service for people who ‘think outside the box’.

David Gersch, 27, and Matthew Clowes, 37, are the proud owners of a ‘rainbow disco hearse’, which features 20,000 garland flowers glued to the interior and exterior.

The eye-catching vehicle also boasts a fully-equipped sound system, multi-coloured lights and customisable photo frames on the outside.

Now the duo are ready to ‘transform the funeral scene’ with the launch of their company, Flower Power Funerals.

Matty, from Stockport, told Metro.co.uk: ‘We want to have a really positive impact on the funeral industry, which is very black and old school.

‘A recent study found that only one in 10 people actually want a traditional funeral, but there just aren’t enough funeral directors that cater to anything different.

‘My granddad, he was a really happy guy who died in his 80s. He was of an older generation and he wanted people to wear pink to his funeral and have a laugh and a joke. It shows the industry is already changing.

Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
They spent two weeks decorating the hearse themselves (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)

‘I ended up doing most of his service and afterwards the funeral directors said they’d never experienced anything like it. We made it really fun, inclusive and celebratory.

‘It just stayed in the back of my mind. I found myself thinking, well why aren’t they?’

Gersch, who also runs an events company, added: ‘We’re a bespoke, creative funeral service that aims to deliver the wishes of people who think outside the box, excuse the pun.

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‘We can make a funeral hit headlines or bring a town to standstill. No one wants to be forgotten, so why not add to your legacy and keep the party going!’

Gersch and Matty first met while working as researchers for Celebrity Juice in 2016, describing their friendship as ‘love at first sight’.

They quickly formed a double act, planning shows and YouTube videos together – while dedicating a lot of their time to covering cars in flowers.

The pair then decided to buy a hearse earlier this year, after originally raising money for a limousine.

Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
The pair are striving to make a positive change in the funeral industry (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)
Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
There are 20,000 flowers stuck to the car (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)

It took them two weeks to transform the vehicle, with each flower stuck on individually using cement glue.

Flower Power Funerals completed their first funeral in August for a woman in Hove – to huge success.

Matty said: ‘I was driving from the church to the crematorium, and the daughter, she thought the hearse was so wonderful, she ended up sitting in the back with her mum’s coffin.

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‘She was going crazy because we brought Hove to a standstill! People were stopping and taking photos. She kept saying: “My mum would love to see this right now!” She was super happy.’

The company’s services extend from basic hearse hire, to full-out funeral planning – with Gersch emphasising that no idea is ‘too outrageous’ for them to take on.

He said: ‘Maybe the deceased loved skydiving and wanted to be parachuted into the ground.

‘Maybe they were a deep sea diver and would love for it all to be all underwater. You see weddings underwater, so why not funerals?

FILE PIC : Before pic of hearse - Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
They bought the hearse earlier this year (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)
Friends Matthew Clowes (left) and David Gersch with their rainbow hearse which they covered by hand with 12,000 coloured flowers. They are aiming to bring a smile to the funeral business by celebrating life with a colourful send off ***Pic by David McHugh / Brighton Pictures 07768 721637***
It’s now been completely transformed (Picture: David McHugh/ Brighton Pictures)

‘We will shoot you into space, we will mummify you like the Egyptian gods, we can have DJs, we can put on a clown party. Any idea you have, we will try our absolute best to make it happen.’

He added: ‘Funerals should be personal. We want to ask families, what was he or she like? What would they want?

‘I would want to leave the best party ever in remembrance of me, where guests are welcome to have a song and a dance with David Gersch.

‘It’d be like, he’s enjoying this too. He’s over in the corner dancing. His soul lives on and it’s all around us. It’d be a celebration of life.’

You can find Flower Power Funerals here.

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