Merseyside's Police Commissioner has paid tribute to Rose Paterson, the Chairman of Aintree Racecourse, who passed away this week.
Mrs Paterson, 63, the daughter of the fourth Viscount Ridley, was on the main board of stewards at the Jockey Club, which owns Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National, and other leading tracks including Cheltenham.
She was appointed chairman of Aintree in 2014, having been a racecourse committee director there since 2005.
Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said "When Merseyside Police faced budget cuts so grave that their historic mounted section faced closure, Rose Paterson, Chairman of Aintree Racecourse didn't hesitate to support our 'Stand Tall' campaign, providing space and hospitality at Aintree for the unit.
"She was a true lover of horses and it was no surprise to learn she stepped in to help Park Palace Ponies, the riding school for urban kids in the Dingle, when the Covid 19 lockdown forced them to close their doors.
"I am so very sorry to learn of her death and my thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed."
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