Traditional hymns top Scots chart for funerals

Scots are sticking to tradition and choosing hymns over popular songs for their funerals.

In Scotland 56 per cent of the ceremonies are accompanied by hymns, rather than classical music or pop songs, while in the rest of the UK contemporary songs are the most requested for a loved one’s funeral.

Only 36 per cent of Scottish funerals use contemporary tunes, and 9 per cent are accompanied by classical music.

Frank Sinatra’s My Way is still the most popular contemporary song for funerals across the UK, according to a new survey by Co-operative Funeralcare.

But Westlife, Alexandra Burke and other pop stars are chasing him up the chart. Hallelujah, sung by the X Factor winner, has peaked at No26 in the survey.

• Full story at The Scotsman.