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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 October, 2004, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Speedway promoter Colin Hill dies
Colin Hill
Colin Hill was described as an 'inspiration for many'
A Devon speedway promoter has died after a long illness.

Colin Hill, 59, had worked for the Exeter Falcons track-based motorcycle scrambler team for almost 20 years.

He died in the Exeter Hospice in the early hours of Saturday morning. He had been fighting a battle against cancer for some time.

Falcons spokesman and close friend Tony Lethbridge said Mr Hill had been instrumental in several Falcons' successes "through thick and thin".

'Great chap'

He said: "He was very careful with financial management and that kept the speedway going through some difficult years. But he also had his moments of glory.

"He saw the Falcons win the league championship, the Young Shield, this year's Premier Trophy and, perhaps his crowning achievement, was seeing rider Mark Loram become World Champion in 2000.

He added: "He was a great chap, tremendous fun, and had fought his illness tooth and nail."

Chris Van Stratten, Chairman of the British Speedway Promoters' Association, said Mr Hill had been an inspiration for many.

The Falcons' president, Sir John Evans, also paid tribute to his legacy.

The Falcons team dedicated its success in the Premier Trophy final in August to Mr Hill.


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