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PCC pays tribute to Aintree Racecourse Chairman Rose Paterson

Rose Paterson

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."

Image: Jockey Club

Jane wants your views on policing funding today...

The Police Commissioner has to set the police budget soon.

She wants your views on  if you would be willing to contribute an extra 19p a week in your council tax  to enable the Chief Constable to recruit 160 new police officers next year, as well help balance the budget and protect jobs?

Without the extra funding the Commissioner will have to reduce the budget, the recruitment of new officers can’t
go ahead and the Chief Constable will be required to cut back on the service again.