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Beverley mourns death of Hilary Needler.

yesterday for Needler, who died in London on April 14. She leaves son Christopher, daughters Stephanie and Vanessa and grandchildren Marc, Oliver, Charlotte, Victoria and Olivia.

A service of thanksgiving will be held at noon on Tuesday at All Saints Church, North Ferriby. Family flowers only but donations if desired to Age Concern, Hull.

HILARY NEEDLER, whose name has been attached to the feature two-year-old fillies' race at Beverley since the 1960s, died last week aged 91, writes Peter Scargill.

Needler and her husband Harold, who was at one time chairman of Hull City football club, had been loyal supporters of Beverley racecourse and their sponsorship of the Hilary Needler Trophy since 1965 makes it the longest private backing of a British horserace.

Beverley managing director Sally Iggulden is hoping the sponsorship will continue. She said: "Hilary and Harold were big supporters. While Harold backed the racecourse, Hilary was keen to put her name to sponsorship.

"I've spoken to her son Christopher and he said the whole family will be here for this year's event. We hope we can keep the race as it is - it's our most famous contest - without adding 'memorial' or anything. That's up to the family, though."

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 22, 2012
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