Daughters pay tribute to Hanna

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The funeral of veteran broadcaster Vincent Hanna took place quietly yesterday.

In a private ceremony attended by family and close friends, tributes were paid to the man best-known for his coverage of by-elections, his late-night Radio 5 Live chat shows and as the presenter of Channel 4's A Week in Politics. His daughters, Emily and Sinead, contributed to the service with oral tributes and the singing of a requiem.

Mr Hanna, 57, died on Tuesday in a Belfast hospital after suffering a heart attack.

His father-in-law, the former Ulster politician Lord Fitt, was in a stable and comfortable condition in the same hospital yesterday. He too had suffered a heart attack when visiting his son-in-law.

Hundreds of fellow journalists and other friends from the media world attended a memorial mass in Belfast on Thursday.

Mr Hanna was later buried in a graveyard overlooking the Kent countryside in Godmersham, near Canterbury, where his mother-in-law is also buried.