Boston man Gary Thompson given top job at Isle of Man TT races
A BOSTON man and former pupil of the Giles School has been appointed a top job at the Isle of Man TT races for the second year running.
Gary Thompson will hold the position of Clerk of the Course at the 2013 event which gets under way in May.
In his first year as Clerk of the Course in 2012, Gary was forced to cancel the Senior TT because of poor weather for the first time in the 105 year history of the event.
A former pupil of the Giles Secondary School in Old Leake, Gary lived in Wrangle until he joined the Army at 16. In a military career which spanned 23 years, Gary served in the Falklands Campaign in 1982, the Gulf War and saw action in Bosnia and Sierra Leone. He has previously been awarded the MBE for operations in Bosnia and the BEM for services to the Army.
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A regular at Boston Speedway in the 1970s, Gary said: "I'm delighted to be appointed again as the Clerk of the Course for the Isle of Man TT. It is the oldest and most famous Road Race meeting in the world steeped in tradition and nostalgia, so it is an honour to be so involved with it.
"Obviously last year, I was disappointed at having to cancel the Senior Race, but at the end of the day, it is the safety of the riders and officials which has to be my main concern. Preparations are well underway for this year's event, so all we need now is some decent weather."
This year's TT starts on Saturday, May 25 with the first qualifying practice and finishes on Friday, June 7 with the Supertwins race followed by the Senior Race.