NO funeral services had to be cancelled or rearranged following a power cut at Durham Crematorium, councillors were told.

The facility, in South Road, was left without power for ‘several hours’ on Friday, January 17, when contractors working on a nearby housing development cut through a supply cable.

Details of the power cut were revealed in a report to Durham County Council’s Central Durham Crematorium Joint Committee.

Power was restored thanks to a back-up generator delivered by crematorium’s utility company.

The council’s bereavement services manager Graham Harrison said: “The crematorium was without electricity for around three hours, after which time the power was restored through the use of a generator. Thankfully, all services were able to go ahead as planned.”

A report suggested exploring electricity ‘self generation’ or buying a back-up generator to avoid possible future disruption.