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Memorial for drinks entrepreneur John Halewood

John Halewood
Image caption John Halewood founded Halewood International in 1978

A memorial service will be held at Liverpool Cathedral later for drinks entrepreneur John Halewood.

Mr Halewood, who founded one of Britain's biggest independent drinks firms, Halewood International, died three weeks ago.

The service will pay tribute to his achievements in business and horse racing. His horse Amberleigh House won the Grand National in 2004.

The service which starts at 19:00 GMT is open to the public.

People attending are invited to join the family in wearing his racing colours of red, black and white.

Mr Halewood set up his company, then known as Halewood Vintners, with his mother Eileen in 1978.

Halewood International now has a turnover of about £250 million and employs more than 1,500 people worldwide. Mr Halewood's widow Judy will take up his role as chair of the company.

The company manufactures and distributes alcoholic drinks including Lambrini, Lamb's Navy Rum, Tsingtao Chinese Beer and Red Square vodka.

His passion outside work was horse racing, and his horse Amberleigh House was trained by the legendary Ginger McCain, who died last month.

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