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Fans sign in for AP McCoy's send-off with personal tributes

By David Mercer

As Tony McCoy's last ever ride in the Grand National approaches, the racing festival at Aintree and Liverpool itself has been celebrating his record-breaking career.

A special wall has been set up at the course for people to write their own personal tributes to the man who rewrote the record books many times over.

A picture of the wonder jockey has also been beamed on to the world-famous Liver Building on Liverpool's iconic docks.

Many race fans will be hoping AP goes out with a bang tomorrow by securing a winner in his 20th ride in the big race which is watched and bet on by millions around the world.

However, he may not have luck on his side. A 104-year-old man, believed to be Britain's oldest and "unluckiest" punter, has backed McCoy to win his last Grand National so they can both "retire gracefully".

George Atkinson met the 19-time champion jockey ahead of the Aintree showpiece as he bids to end a run of seven decades without success.

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