Meet the teenager following his father into the funeral business
- Credit: Archant
Most young people have some idea about what they would like to do with their future when leaving education, few though will consider joining a funeral business.
But Harry Stork, from Norwich, has had such ambitions since he was quite young and probably because he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.
Even though many job ideas were mentioned to Harry when he was approaching the end of his schooling he had already made his mind up to join his father having gained a lot of knowledge during holidays and after school.
At the age of 14 he was cleaning the funeral cars and helping with the coffin assembling. At 16, he had enough confidence to work with preparation procedures to qualify for an apprenticeship, dealing with embalming and numerous other tasks, including pall-bearing.
Then, on his 18th birthday, his father, Shayne Stork, presented him with the certificate 'completion of qualification' and announced his part within the business.
You may also want to watch:
Harry said: "I didn't realise I had done almost everything right to get through the apprenticeship but I loved everything about it".
Harry also has a younger brother who has just started to show interest in the funeral business and a sister, who has no plans to join the business at present, but both said they were very proud of their brother. The family business consists of Harry's parents Shayne and Emma and now Harry, under the established, 'Shayne Stork Family Funeral Services'.
- 1 'Second time this year' - Armed police called to Norwich street
- 2 Driver cut from vehicle after crash on Norwich ring road
- 3 Langleys toy shop building for rent for £45,000 a year
- 4 Glass smashed and racist graffiti sprayed onto Norwich house
- 5 Campaigners angry as park hedge cut down for tennis court scheme
- 6 Canaries closing in on new shirt sponsor
- 7 City centre street set to close at weekend
- 8 Why your phone might warn you of a 'terror attack' today
- 9 Number of homes for derelict site could be increased to 200
- 10 'Unacceptable': Council hits out at soiled clothing left in public toilets
Mr Stork said: "We are proud to have our son Harry joining the family business. He has worked hard to qualify, which he deserves.
"Harry's achievements may encourage other youngsters to take up similar jobs, although working in the funeral business doesn't sound like an interesting occupation at first, the job is very rewarding.
Mr. Stork said: "I decided to take up a job with a funeral company 28 years ago when my grandfather died and the care and help shown by the funeral staff was amazing, so I applied for a job and got it.
"Now we have a successful business and are proud to help those who need us".