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Northern Ireland sporting legend Liam Beckett receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

The football star attended the event with his family

One of Northern Ireland's best known sporting figures, Liam Beckett received his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Now a pundit and sports writer, he has been involved in both football and motorcycle racing for many years.

He was accompanied by his family as he accepted the honour on Friday.

Mr Beckett played for both Crusaders and Coleraine winning every honour in local football and playing in the European Cup.

He also had a spell with Irish side Drogheda United.

Since retiring from the game Mr Beckett has also managed teams including Institute and Cliftonville.

Away from football he was the longtime friend and mentor of motorcycle racer Robert Dunlop.

Their partnership was credited with helping Mr Dunlop during his record-breaking career.

He is involved with a number of charitable causes and was awarded the MBE for his services to the Northern Ireland voluntary sector and sport.

"Proud moment for our family today as Dad received his MBE," son Robert said in a tweet.

"What an experience for us all and one we will never forget."

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