Tributes paid to Banbridge hotelier

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THE staff of one of Banbridge’s oldest establishments, the Downshire Arms Hotel in Newry Street, gave one final, silent salute to their former boss on Friday as the funeral cortege of Mr Barry Heslip paused outside the building.

Mr Heslip (78), well known hotelier in the town for over 40 years, passed away last Tuesday in Craigavon Area Hospital following complications from illness.

The funeral took place privately from his home at Katesbridge Road, Ballyward, for a service in Loughbrickland Presbyterian Church which was filled to capacity with family members, friends, neighbours and customers of the hotel where Mr Heslip had been a friendly, familiar face since taking over the reins in 1971.


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