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Racecourse stages Mowlam tribute
Mo Mowlam at the Labour Party conference
Mo Mowlam died in 2005
Redcar racecourse is staging a race to mark the life of one of the town's most famous citizens.

The course is holding the Celebrating Mo Mowlam Claiming Stakes on Saturday afternoon in memory of the town's former MP who died in 2005, aged 55.

As Northern Ireland Secretary from 1997 to 1999 she oversaw negotiations which led to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

The prize presentation for the 4,000 race will be made by current Redcar MP Vera Baird.

'Lasting affection'

Redcar Racecourse's chief executive Neil Etherington said: "We have decided to call the race the Celebrating Mo Mowlam Claiming Stakes because we feel celebration is what it should be all about.

"Although Mo's life was tragically cut short, there is a huge amount about her to celebrate and we think it is particularly appropriate that here in the heart of the constituency she loved so much we demonstrate the lasting affection felt for her by local people."

"Saturday's race will be another chance for people to celebrate the life of a remarkable politician, a wonderful human being and someone we will never forget."

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