Rise in cremation fee to £666 scrapped over fears 'number of the beast' could upset grieving families

Council officials at Argyll and Bute Council in Scotland were concerned the figure might.

Plans to rise the cost of cremations have been scrapped - because the new price would have been £666  - writes mirror.co.uk

Council officials feared the figure would have upset grieving relatives as 666 is considered the 'number of the beast'.

In the Book of Revelation it is revealed the 'number of the beast' is 666 although some ancient sources believe it should actually be 616, reports the Daily Record .

Instead of the price of cremations in Argyll and Bute in Scotland moving up to £666, the new figure is instead one pound cheaper at £665.

The council had been due to increase the £647 cost of cremating an adult at Cardross Crematorium by 3%.

The new fee for cremations is £665 after a council re-think (Image: iStockphoto)

A report to councillors said: “As part of applying that standard inflation increase of three per cent to fees and charges for 2018-19, the cremation charges for adults aged 16 and over, has increased.

“It’s unfortunate that the three per cent inflation has meant the charge is £666, which could be upsetting for some people.

“Members are asked to agree the charge is amended to £665 in 2018-19.”

The revised cost of £665 was agreed by the council although it’s yet to be changed on their website.

References to 'the number of the beast' have made its way into many aspects of popular culture over the years - including a song and album by Iron Maiden which led to the heavy metal band beng accused of being a 'Satanic group' with burnings of the album and protests.

The number is also purportedly used to invoke Satan.

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