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Video: Hundreds pay their respects to well-known Northern Ireland journalist Austin Hunter


First Minister Arlene Foster was among those who attended a Service of Thanksgiving on Monday for the life of well known and highly respected journalist and public relations expert Austin Hunter.

Second Comber Presbyterian Church was packed to capacity for the service which included a tribute by Mr Hunter's son Simon, who followed his father into journalism.

Also in attendance to pay their respects were a number of other NI politicians and many former media colleagues.

In a distinguished career, Mr Hunter (64) worked as a reporter for the BBC, headed up their local Press office, was editor of the News Letter, was the senior media relations officer at the time the RUC transitioned into the PSNI, worked as the chief media liaison officer for the Orange Order - not to mention as an associate for a number of NI public relations firms.

His death in a road accident in Bahrain just over a week ago - where he had been doing PR work for a local organisation - shocked the NI media.

In virtually every tribute Mr Hunter was described as "a gentleman" and "a journalist of integrity."

He was laid to rest on Monday morning prior to the Service of Thanksgiving.

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