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‘Gentleman’ regional motorcycling journalist dies aged 83

Harold CrooksA regional newspaper columnist who covered motorcycling for a Sunday title for hree decades has died aged 83.

Tributes have been paid to Harold Crooks, left, who was the motorcycling correspondent for Belfast’s Sunday Life newspaper when it was first published 30 years ago.

Harold also wrote a regular column for the Ballymena Guardian and he was also known as a motorsport commentator in Northern Ireland for BBC Radio Ulster.

Belfast Telegraph motorcycling correspondent Roy Harris described Harold as a journalist who was “well-respected and very well thought of”.

Roy told the Belfast News Letter: “He opened a lot of doors for me in the motorcycling world and we went everywhere together, to all the press conferences and races.”

He added: “Harold was a gentleman and he would’ve went out of his way to help me whenever I became involved in the sport.

“He knew a lot of people and he was well-respected and very well thought of.”

A private family burial and service of thanksgiving were held in Ballymena on Friday.