A FUNERAL director has opened a new branch in Hampshire, extending the family-run firm which has been in business since 1856.

A H Freemantle has opened the third branch in the firm’s history in Botley High Street.

Director Kate Keen said: “It’s important to some people that their loved ones stay near them between the time of their death and the funeral.

“A third branch enabled us to stay local and allow people in Botley to have their loved ones remain near them.”