Hatches, matches and dispatches

Hatches, matches and dispatches

Last updated:

When you think of the city council what services do you think of?

 Bins? Potholes? Traffic wardens?

In this episode we’re going to chat to a team that play a part in some of the most important moments in people’s lives.

We’re recording in the stunning Grade 1 listed St George’s Hall which you may not know is home to the Registrar’s team.

And this is a very busy team dealing with 165,000 people last year alone.

Last financial year they registered more than 8,000 births, married 1,600 couples, carried out 548 citizenship ceremonies and registered nearly 6,000 deaths.

Along with Registration Services Manager Pat Evans and Senior Registration Officer Ryan Kenny, we talk to Pam Flanagan who is part of the team which arranges public health funerals.  Once dubbed ‘pauper’s funerals’, these budget-conscious services, arranged and paid for by the city council, give a dignified departure to those who pass away, leaving no one behind.