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Mausoleum to be late hotelier's final resting place

By Christopher Woodhouse

Hotel tycoon Sir William Hastings will be laid to rest in a mausoleum he had specially built in the grounds of Down Cathedral.

Known as Billy, the founder of the luxury Hastings Hotels group worshipped weekly at the cathedral in Downpatrick before his death on Friday, aged 89. A multi-millionaire Sir William had the granite tomb, which is modelled on the style of the church, constructed not far from his family home.

Daughter Julie Hastings paid a tribute to her father in a Facebook post, writing: "Dad said a lot of things. 'Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life', so true. 'It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice' And so many more great things.

"Love you Dad. My total inspiration.

"Thank you to everyone for all the beautiful messages you sent to me and my whole family."

She added: "I'll always miss you Dad." Aside from his hospitality empire which boasts the likes of the world famous Europa hotel, Sir William was known for his prolific support for charities including NI Chest, Heart and Stroke.

He was knighted in 2009 for services to tourism and the community.

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