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Tributes pour in following the sudden death of north-east cafe business owner

By David Porter

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Messages of condolence and support number well over a thousand alone on the Symposium Coffee social media page after the Haggath family confirmed the tragic news of the sudden death of 42-year-old Wendy Haggath.

Wendy Haggath
Wendy Haggath

The mother-of-four, established the Symposium chain of coffee shops with husband Paul some 17 years ago in Peterhead which has gone on to become a major success and has outlets stretching from Forres and Elgin, along the coast to Portsoy and throughout the north of Aberdeenshire including Fraserburgh and Peterhead, with the latest currently awaiting planning permission in Turriff.

Posting on the firm’s Facebook page, Mr Haggath confirmed his wife had tragically died in her sleep and that all the firm's premises would be closed on Saturday and Sunday as a result.

On Facebook, Mr Haggath wrote: “My darling Wendy-Louise tragically passed away in her sleep.

"My girls and I are devastated.

“We have a big and strong family around us but I ask for you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

“So disappointed, Paul xx

“Absent from the body, present with Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The news was greeted with shock by the many friends and customers they have made over the years, with over 1100 leaving messages.

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