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Belfast Telegraph sports journalist Jimmy Walker dies, aged 78

By Steven Beacom

Legendary Belfast Telegraph motorcycling and horse racing journalist Jimmy Walker has passed away.

Mr Walker was 78 and had been suffering from a long term illness.

Jimmy became the renowned horse racing correspondent for the Belfast Telegraph in 1963 and worked for the newspaper until recent years.

He received awards for his services to Northern Ireland racing from Down Royal and Downpatrick in 1996.

He was also a highly respected motorcycling correspondent for the paper covering all the biking greats such as Joey Dunlop.

Jimmy also served for years as Deputy Sports Editor of the Belfast Telegraph.

Tributes poured in from the sporting world following his death.

Belfast Telegraph Group Sports Editor Jim Gracey said: "It is very sad news about Jimmy. He was a hugely respected sports journalist."

Robert Dunlop's mechanic Liam Beckett said: "Very sad news that legendary motorcycle journalist Jimmy Walker has passed away."

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