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Northern Ireland food boss Lorraine Hall (49) laid to rest

The funeral of a businesswoman who helped set up one of Northern Ireland's most successful food firms has taken place in Co Down.

Lorraine Hall, who lived in Dromore, Co Down, established dried nuts and fruit company Kestrel Foods in Portadown with her husband Michael in 1996.

She passed away last Sunday at the age of 49.

It's understood Mrs Hall's death was sudden although she had previously suffered from cancer.

The service took place at St Malachy's Parish Church in Hillsborough, and was followed by a committal in the adjoining churchyard.

The family asked for mourners to make donations to Cancer Focus NI in lieu of flowers.

Alongside her husband Michael, Mrs Hall is survived by her two teenage children, Esmee (19) and 15-year-old Thomas.

Kestrel Foods is best known for the Forest Feast brand of snacks and is a successful exporter to more than 30 countries.

A message on the company's website described her as "the creative force behind our award-winning Forest Feast & Acti-Snack brands".

"A loving wife to Michael and devoted mum to Esmée and Thomas, Lorraine was someone who left a positive impact on everyone she met. Lorraine will be sadly missed by the entire Forest Feast family but her vision and values will always remain at the forefront of our business."

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