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'Voice of Racing' Peter O'Sullevan dies at age of 97

By Staff Reporter

Published 30/07/2015

Peter O’Sullevan worked for the BBC for 50 years and was awarded a knighthood for his achievements
Peter O’Sullevan worked for the BBC for 50 years and was awarded a knighthood for his achievements

Tributes have poured in for Sir Peter O'Sullevan after the 'Voice of Racing' passed away peacefully at home at the age of 97.

O'Sullevan was a commentator for the BBC for 50 years, a tenure stretching from 1947 until his retirement in 1997.

He had a delivery like no other and his description of the 1977 Grand National, which was Red Rum's famous third success, and Desert Orchid's popular Cheltenham Gold Cup victory in 1989, will never be forgotten.

He was awarded a knighthood before his 50th and final Grand National commentary and until very recently was still a regular visitor to the Cheltenham Festival. His work continued as he raised millions of pounds for charities.

Nigel Payne, chief executive of the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, said: "Sir Peter was one of the greatest men I've ever known. Only last week he was talking about what he wanted me to do for the trust in the future. He was still very alert. It's a sad day." O'Sullevan began his career in racing in print journalism, working for the Press Association before joining the Daily Express.

Known as one of the shrewdest punters in the game, he was still beating the bookies in his later years.

As well as being famous for his achievements with a microphone, O'Sullevan, who died yesterday, was also a successful owner.

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