Lady Margaret Kagan, dies, 86

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LADY Margaret Kagan, widow of the controversial Elland industrialist Joseph Kagan, has died aged 86.

The couple escaped the Nazis during World War Two when they fled Lithuania and found fortune in Calderdale.

Lord Kagan founded the family business at Gannex Mills, Elland, and the Gannex raincoats become known around the world.

Former Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson wore the coats from the 1950s and the brand became a best-seller.

Lord Kagan later suffered a fall from grace in 1980 and was sentenced to 10 months in prison for tax evasion. He died in 1995, aged 79.

Lady Kagan had been suffering from lung cancer. She leaves children Michael, Daniel and Jenny. Her funeral is on Friday, at Huddersfield Town Hall, 1 pm.