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Photographer Alec Russell honoured with memorial bench on track he loved

Shirley Russell and Lord Grimthorpe unveil the memorial bench
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Alec Russell, the photographer who brought racing to life for half a century, has been commemorated at his beloved York.

His widow Shirley and York chairman Lord Grimthorpe, who is also racing manager to Frankel's owner Khalid Abdullah, unveiled a memorial bench built in honour of a man who died in February at the age of 85.

BHA chairman Steve Harman was among many friends and family at a short ceremony in front of the old Edwardian weighing room.

Grimthorpe said: "Alec was a much-loved man and he brought racing to life. More accurately to colour and monochrome. He loved York, the exhibition he had here showed that, and he was beloved of many. We are so chuffed to have this here, he was a truly special man."

Russell's daughter Jo added: "I must thank Lord Grimthorpe because dad always said that his favourite racehorse was the one and only Frankel, and when he won on the Knavesmire it was one of his favourite shots so it was appropriate.

"There is no better place for the bench than his beloved York."


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He loved York and he was beloved of many. We are so chuffed to have this here, he was a truly special man

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