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Funeral held of award-winning dog breeder

THE funeral has been held of an award-winning dog breeder who has died following a long illness.

Jean Hill, of West Vale, Filey, was 76. For many years Mrs Hill jointly showed West Highland white terriers with her late friend Marjorie Wilson, of Reighton.

The pair achieved success at various competitions including Crufts, where they scooped a third place in post grad in 2000 with the then three-year-old Trethmore Tracker.

The dog also won a first in post grad at the Manchester Championship Show, a first in post grad and best of breed at the Northern Terriers Show in West Yorkshire and first in the open section, best dog, best in breed and best in show at the Cairn and Westie Show, near Darlington.

Mrs Hill's husband Roy paid a loving tribute to his wife of 58 years. He said: "She was a lovely person. She loved dogs and all creatures and also enjoyed gardening.

"Even though she was suffering for a long time, she was determined not to let it beat her."

The couple moved to Filey from Lincolnshire, where they had run a pet shop, in 1992.

Mr Hill said: "We wanted to retire to the sea and we would come to Filey for holidays sometimes. It was so lovely and laid back that we ended up moving here."

Mrs Hill's funeral service was held at Woodlands Cemetery, Scarborough. She leaves four children, Heather, Glen, Bonnie and Tracey, and one granddaughter, Maisie.