Inquest opens into the death of Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson

Inquest opens into the death of Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

AN INQUEST has been opened into the death of Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances regarding the death of the 63 year old, whose body was found in woodland near to her Shropshire home on June 23.

Her husband, the Conservative MP Owen Paterson, called police after she had not been seen since around 10pm the previous day.

In a statement on 24 June, Mr Paterson said the loss of his wife had come as a "terrible shock" to the family. A cause of death has not been given.

He said: “Rose and I were married for 40 happy years. She was a wonderful, caring wife, mother and grandmother.”

The couple, who married in 1980, had three children: two sons and a daughter.

A minute's silence has been held at race meetings in both her memory and that of Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell, whose death was announced on 24 June.

Rose Paterson, 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.

The inquest was opened and adjourned until September 22.

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