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Chris on song for hero Joey's charity with tribute to King of the Road

By Gary Grattan

An avid road racing fan has recorded a new song to raise much-needed funds for the Joey Dunlop Foundation.

King Of The Road by Chris Loughrey has been timed to coincide with this year's North West 200.

All proceeds from the CD single, produced by George Doherty at Mallusk's Emerald Records studios, will go to the Joey Dunlop Holiday Home on the Isle of Man, which is expanding its specialist accommodation for people with a wide range of disabilities.

Braddan Bridge House, on the world famous TT course where Joey had a record number of race wins, has specially-equipped guest apartments.

Joey's wife Linda and TT legend John McGuinness opened the home seven years ago, and will return on June 4 to cut the ribbon at a newly-built extension.

Chris, from Co Westmeath, said: "When I was a kid I always wanted a motorbike but my parents were not keen on the idea so I would just watch the bike racing on TV and dream about owning my own dream machine.

"I was inspired to write King Of The Road while I was touring last year. It was Joey's own words that inspired me to write the song and some of his own words are actually reflected in the lyrics. His inspiration spoke to me and his dedication showed me anything is possible if you put your mind to it. So I want this song to speak to people who are on a hard journey through life and to inspire them to keep travelling the road, in spite of adversity, grief or pain. I want them to draw strength from Joey's example. The song is about believing in yourself, even when you feel alone.

"I wanted to remind people they can draw on their inner spirit, reserve and the bravery they don't know they possess to get them through life's troubles.

"For me, Joey Dunlop epitomised that warrior spirit to keep going and give life your all, even when it's tough."

The single is available as a download and on CD from the Emerald Records website and selected outlets, priced £5.

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