The funeral of Gerry Fitt, the founding former leader of Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party is being held in London tomorrow.
Lord Fitt, 79, who suffered from a heart condition, died at a relative’s home in England last week after several months of declining health.
The funeral is being held at Westminster Cathedral with a private family burial afterwards.
Lord Fitt’s five daughters and grandchildren will all take a role in the service during which Danny Boy will be played by a violist.
A piper from the Irish Guards will play a traditional lament as the coffin is carried from the Cathedral.
An hour before the London funeral Lord Fitt’s elderly sisters will attend a funeral mass being said at the church in Crossgar, Co Down, where he married his wife Ann in the 1940s after he returned to Northern Ireland from war-time duty with the Merchant Navy on convoys to Russia.