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Dignified Presbyterian farewell for David Trimble, a statesman of rare ability and achievement

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Extraordinary cross-section of mourners a sign of the esteem in which former first minister was held

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Daphne Trimble with her children follow the coffin at the funeral of her Husband David Trimble at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church, Lisburn (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

Daphne Trimble with her children follow the coffin at the funeral of her Husband David Trimble at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church, Lisburn (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

Lord Trimble's children with his coffin

Lord Trimble's children with his coffin

Claire Hanna and Colum Eastwood

Claire Hanna and Colum Eastwood

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Lord Godson

Lord Godson

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Lord David Trimble's children lift his coffin

Lord David Trimble's children lift his coffin

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David Trimble on holiday as a younger man

David Trimble on holiday as a younger man

Order of service

Order of service

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Daphne Trimble with her children follow the coffin at the funeral of her Husband David Trimble at Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church, Lisburn (Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)

Edward Carson was buried in St Anne’s Cathedral after a state funeral, his remains having been borne to Belfast on a Royal Navy destroyer and then processed through the streets of behind the RUC band.

James Craig was entombed beside Parliament Buildings, the parliament which represented the country whose birth he had overseen, his flag-draped coffin having been carried through the Stormont Estate on a gun carriage. But the grandeur of how Northern Ireland’s founding fathers were buried unmistakably contrasted with the dignified simplicity of David Trimble’s funeral and burial.


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