Northern Ireland hotelier Sir William Hastings has died age 89.
Billy passed away peacefully at home on Friday following a short illness surrounded by his wife Joy and children Julie, Howard, Allyson and Aileen.
He was married to Joy for 57 years and his family paid tribute to him as "a loving husband, father and grand-father" as well as "Ireland’s leading hotelier".
Reflecting on his career the Hastings family said they took "comfort" in the fact that he was an "inspiration to so many people" and vowed to honour his "lasting legacy".
The statement continued: "A former pupil of Royal Belfast Academical Institution, he left school at 16 and went into the timber trade as a junior apprentice before joining his brother Roy in the family licensed trade business at 18. Together they owned many pubs mainly in East Belfast.