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Olympic heroes bid farewell to rowing guru Bobby Platt

Olympic medallists mourn coach who helped to put them on path to glory

By Staff Reporter

Olympic medallists Alan Campbell and Richard Chambers were among the mourners who turned out to pay their last respects to rowing legend Bobby Platt.

The 94-year-old, who was involved with Coleraine's Bann Rowing Club since the early 1940s, was laid to rest yesterday at Portstewart Presbyterian Church.

Mr Platt also excelled as a coach with Coleraine Inst Boat Club, producing world bronze medallist Richard Archibald, who also attended.

Members of Bann Rowing Club formed a guard of honour as Mr Platt's coffin was carried from the church after the service.

As well as helping to develop the talents of young rowers in the area, mourners were also told of the work he did to bring musicians to perform at the Strand Ballroom in Portstewart.

Paying tribute to his late father, Barry Platt recalled some of the names he secured to play at the venue, including Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Lulu and Rory Gallagher.

Mr Archibald described the contribution made to rowing in Coleraine by his former coach as inestimable. "For the last half-century or more he has seen many successes at Bann Rowing Club as an oarsman, a cox and a coach - quite literally thousands of rowers have benefited from Bobby's expertise," he said.

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