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Edward Stobart set for Carlisle Cathedral funeral

Edward Stobart with Bernard Jenkin MP for Harwich and North Essex, in 1999.
Image caption Edward Stobart (r) sold the firm to his brother in 2004

The funeral of haulage magnate Edward Stobart will be held in Carlisle Cathedral on Saturday.

Mr Stobart, 56, who built up the Eddie Stobart lorry empire and ran it for more than 30 years, died on Thursday after suffering heart problems.

Family, friends, work and industry colleagues will be at the funeral, which will be broadcast on a large screen outside the cathedral.

A private burial will be held following the ceremony.

There will be an area outside the cathedral for people to lay flowers and anyone who wants to make a donation in Mr Stobart's memory is being asked to give it to the British Heart Foundation.

The family thanked people for the "overwhelming tributes" to Mr Stobart and the messages of condolence it had received.

Mr Stobart took the business started by his father and built it into the famous lorry empire.

He sold the company to his brother William and business partner Andrew Tinkler in 2004.

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