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Buried in simplicity without pomp or flags, David Trimble is mourned by friends and foes

Sam McBride

Bertie Ahern affectionately touched the former Ulster Unionist leader’s oak coffin after a simple Presbyterian service

Unadorned by the Union Flag but instead wreathed in the white flowers of peace, the coffin holding David Trimble’s earthly remains has been buried in Lisburn after a service in which his family, friends and foes united in respect.

In a church thronged with the mighty and where some of those whose organisation once threatened his life mourned his death, the funeral for Northern Ireland’s first First Minister was unpretentiously simple.

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