Zoe Salmon's family mourn death of beloved 'best mum'
Former Miss Northern Ireland Zoe Salmon is heartbroken after the death of her mother, Priscilla, the woman she once described as "the best" mum of all.
Mrs Salmon died on Tuesday and her funeral will be held tomorrow in Bangor.
In 2013, former BBC Blue Peter presenter Zoe (36) paid a moving compliment to the mother she was so close to.
"All mums are my heroes," Zoe said. "Everyone always says the same about their mum - but mine is the best.
"What I love about my mum is that she is the opposite of me - she is very quiet and patient.
"I'm always on the go and it is so refreshing that she is so normal. She is a real breath of fresh air. Everyone says I look like my mum - and in fact, we're sometimes taken for sisters."
Funeral notices in today's paper paid tribute to Mrs Salmon. "God saw the road was getting rough, the hills were hard to climb, He gently closed her eyes and whispered, 'peace be thine," read a heartfelt notice placed by the grieving Salmon family circle, including husband Joe, Zoe, her brother Julian and sisters Lara and Naomi.
The funeral service for the late Mrs Salmon will take place at Clarke's Funeral Church, Newtownards Road, Bangor, tomorrow at 1pm. Burial will take place afterwards in Blaris New Cemetery, Lisburn.
Zoe has also talked about how she loved spending Christmas in Bangor surrounded by family as a child. "They were special times indeed and the magic of Christmas and New Year, spent as a little Salmon are among the most precious memories I have and hold on to, with the greatest of love and affection towards my incredible parents, who made all my dreams come true."
When Zoe, who has a law degree from Queen's, got the job as a Blue Peter presenter in 2004, her mother said that although she had hoped her daughter would become a solicitor, "this is something she wanted to do from she was a little girl (and) we are all very proud of her."
Zoe hit the headlines earlier this year when she eloped without telling her parents. But she said later that her mum would be "thrilled".