Family say their final farewells to Lord Laird
Final farewells were said in honour of the late Northern Ireland peer Lord John Dunn Laird at a private service in Belfast's Roselawn Crematorium yesterday.
The service, attended by close family and friends, followed a thanksgiving service held in Christian Fellowship Church in east Belfast at the weekend.
Lord Laird of Artigarvan, an independent unionist peer and former UUP member, passed away in hospital last Wednesday following an illness. He was 74. He is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Alison, son David and wider family circle.
His funeral, led by high-ranking Orangeman Rev Mervyn Gibson, was attended by some of biggest names from his former party, including Lords David Trimble and Reg Empey, along with Labour peeress Baroness May Blood.
Lord Laird kick-started his colourful, and at times controversial, career when be became Stormont's youngest ever MP in 1970 aged 26.
His association with the UUP ended when he resigned from the party in 2013.