| TT Fan's Ashes Scattered at
Shrine to Mike Hailwood
The dying wish of a TT fanatic was fulfilled when his
best friend scattered his ashes at the Mike Hailwood memorial last week. Alex
Hunt, 70, of Ballylongford in Kerry, died on April 23 from cancer.
had visited the Island every year for 40 years for the TT and Manx Grand Prix.
His friend of over 30 years, Peter George, 51, made the journey from
Ireland to the Isle of Man to carry out his last request.
'The Isle of
Man was the love of his life, it was his last wish,' explained Mr George.
Mr Hunt was a mechanic with Rose Racing and its team manager/racer,
Graham Rose, for many years and he spent a lot of time in the pits at the TT
He was also a former member of the Royal Air Force and Mr
Hunt described his friend as a 'very educated man'. 'There wasn't a subject he
didn't know about and he'd travelled most of the world,' he added.
along with his love of bikes, there is another thing Mr Hunt will be remembered
for. 'He was well known within the biking world but he was quite well known for
his dancing,' said Mr George.
In fact, Mr Hunt was so well known for
his nimble footwork, that when Mr George travelled around the Island visiting
his friend's old haunts to let people know he had passed away, many recalled
him as 'the dancer'.
Mr George chose the Mike Hailwood memorial for Mr
Hunt's final resting place because heknew the racing legend from his days at
the grandstand. 'He was his idol,' he said.
Mr George travelled to
Hailwood Rise on the Mountain Road on Tuesday to scatter the ashes with Mr
Hunt's friend Lucy Jones, 74. 'He used to stay with me at my guest house, St
Anthony's in Peel Road, Douglas, for 16 years. Once I let it go and moved to
Dove's Croft four years ago, he still came to stay with me when he came over.
He was a thoroughbred as a biker,' said Lucy. Mr George, his wife Janet
and Mr Hunt all lived together on a small farm until Mr Hunt's death. The farm
also housed Mr Hunt's collection of seven Ducati race motorbikes - one of which
used to belong to legend Hailwood - and they are now in Mr George's care.
Mr George said of the farm: 'It's called Desmo Cottage after a type of
Ducati diometic valve! He was a true fan.'
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