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Race on for charity

FORMER bookie Kenny Allen hopes to sell his prized signed photo of Lester Piggott and Red Rum to raise money for a local charity.

FORMER bookie Kenny Allen hopes to sell his prized signed photo of Lester Piggott and Red Rum to raise money for a local charity.

Mr Allen, aged 74, from Mollington Crescent, Shirley, used to work at Bromford Bridge race track and wrote to Mrs Piggott to ask for a signed picture of the famous jockey.

“I’d like to sell the original picture and the race card and give the money to the soldiers or the dogs’ home,” Mr Allen said.

“My father in law was the first bookmaker in Solihull, where Coral’s is now on the high street. We used to have one in Acocks Green too where the taxi office is, that was a horse stable.

“In those days I used to go to Cheltenham. But these days you need thousands. It isn’t worth going now, it’s too expensive.

“We have always lived in Shirley and I have a bet every day.”

Kenny also has a mini nine-carat gold 1966 world cup which he bought for £2.50, which he now claims is worth around £1,000, along with other sporting memoribila.

 

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