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Scots favour traditional funeral hymns

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While the English and Welsh are asking for more pop songs to be played at funerals, the Scots are bucking the trend and opting for more religious music.

Fifty-six percent of Scots chose hymns during the past 12 months, a rise of 2 percent on 2005, according to a survey carried out by Co-operative Funeralcare.

In the rest of the UK, only 35 percent selected religious music, a fall of 6 percent on the same period – reflecting an increasingly secular society.

The most popular hymns remained “The Lord is My Shepherd”, “Abide with Me” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, while the top songs were Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

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