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Belfast Telegraph sports journalist Jimmy Walker dies, aged 78

By Steven Beacom

Published 15/12/2015

Jimmy Walker interviews Robert Dunlop after Robert won the 125cc race at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2000.
Jimmy Walker interviews Robert Dunlop after Robert won the 125cc race at the Ulster Grand Prix in 2000.
Northern Ireland motorcycle correspondent Jimmy Walker has died
Always first on the scene! In 2007 Sunday Life reporter Jimmy Walker is the first man to interview an exhausted Darren Burns after Burns pushed his bike across the line in the 250cc race at the Tandragee 100 when his chain broke with just a few metres to go.
Ulster's top motorcycle racing correspondent, Jimmy Walker, pictured at the launch of his Joey Dunlop biography, 'Just Joey' in Waterstone's bookshop, Belfast in 2001
immy Walker talks to Keith Amor after he won the Enkalon Trophy at Bishopscourt, Co. Down in 2009
Belfast Telegraph motorcycling and horse racing journalist Jimmy Walker has passed away.
Cameron Donald and William Dunlop pictured with veteran motorcycle correspondent Jimmy Walker at the launch of the Belfast Telegraph Ulster Grand Prix

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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