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Young farmer dies after Balmoral Show visit

The Balmoral Show has been hit by tragedy after a young farmer died suddenly after watching pals compete in a tug-of-war match.

William Walker (25), from Portrush, is thought to have had an underlying heart condition and had been waiting for an operation. He fell ill at the showgrounds close to the cattle pens on Thursday night after taking the train to Belfast to watch friends from Moycraig Young Farmers take part in games at the event.

He was taken to hospital where he later was pronounced dead.

Michael Reid, chief executive of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, passed on his condolences to Mr Walker’s family.

“Myself, and I am sure all members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs, will pass their sympathies to the family of this young man and to his friends and I hope those who were there and witnessed what happened are bearing up okay.”

It is also thought a man was hospitalised on Thursday after being injured by a horse at the stable areas in the Balmoral grounds at the King’s Hall.

Belfast Telegraph