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Van Morrison sings at funeral of historian Ian Adamson

The funeral of Ian Adamson took place on Monday morning. Credit: Press Eye

Irish President Michael D Higgins and world renowned musician Sir Van Morrison were among hundreds of mourners at the funeral of former Lord Mayor of Belfast, Ian Adamson.

The noted politician, doctor and scholar was buried at Roselawn cemetery after a service at Conlig Presbyterian Church on Monday morning.

He died aged 74 last week.

Dr Adamson's coffin was carried by ex-Formula One racing star Eddie Irvine, after he bankrolled his first race.

East Belfast-born singer/songwriter Van Morrison sang the unionist intellectual's favourite - Into The Mystic - in front of a hushed congregation.

Several unionist and Sinn Féin politicians were also present.

Dr Adamson served as Ulster Unionist Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1996/7 and was a Stormont Assembly member representing East Belfast from 1998 to 2003.

He was the author of a series of books exploring the complex origins of Ulster identity and was also a kind friend who loved crowds and enjoyed telling anecdotes, mourners heard.

Following the service his was carried from the church and taken for cremation.