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Lady Sarah Grylls (Sally), mother of Bear Grylls, with his sister Lara Fawcett and his nephew Bevan Fawcett at the MV Princess Victoria memorial service in Larne

Lady Sarah Grylls (Sally), mother of Bear Grylls, with his sister Lara Fawcett and his nephew Bevan Fawcett at the MV Princess Victoria memorial service in Larne

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Lady Sarah Grylls (Sally), mother of Bear Grylls, with his sister Lara Fawcett and his nephew Bevan Fawcett at the MV Princess Victoria memorial service in Larne

It was a poignant event yesterday as the family of adventurer Bear Grylls and Northern Ireland's first woman MP laid a wreath at the MV Princess Victoria ferry disaster memorial service in Larne.

Lady Sarah Grylls, mother to Bear, was at the service held on Chaine Memorial Road 67 years after the tragedy. Her daughter Lara Fawcett and grandson Bevan Fawcett also were in attendance to commemorate Sir Walter Smiles, a Westminster MP in 1945, who was one of 135 people who died in the 1953 disaster.

The family lived in Donaghadee until 1980 and said they were "honoured and privileged" to be invited to the service.

It also gives them the opportunity to remember Lady Grylls' mother Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, who succeeded her father as an MP, becoming the first female Westminster representative in Northern Ireland.

"I was only 11 years of age when this tragedy happened but I can remember it as if it were yesterday," said Lady Sarah Grylls.

Belfast Telegraph