Red Rum never forgotten.
EVEN those who were not born to witness Red Rum achieve his historic Grand National treble cannot fail to think of his name at this time of year.
Owned by Noel Le Mare and trained on the Sefton coast by Southport-based Ginger McCain, he came back from 30 lengths behind to win the World's Greatest Steeplechase in 1973.
Carrying top weight the following year did not stop Rummy returning to the scene of his glory - and it didn't hold him back from victory. Finishing second in 1975 and 1976, Red Rum was 12 when he won his third Grand National in 1977 - when Tommy Stack rode him to victory despite doubts that he would even be able to challenge for the race again.
The much-loved thoroughbred spent his retirement opening nightclubs and shops, featuring in paintings and even with soap stars, and died in October 1995. Buried on the finish line at Aintree, his head points at the winning post.
Red Rum arrives for the opening the Rum Runner nightclub in Queen Street, South Shields, in 1981
Above, Brian Fletcher pictured in 1974, showing his son Andrew a painting of Red Rum landing over Bechers Brook on his way to winning the 1973 National
Right, actress Amanda Barrie, star of Coronation Street and Carry on Cleo, on a photoshoot in the early 90s
Right, fan mail! Southport postman Ken Above, Rummy at the BBC Sports Review in 1977. He famously cocked his ears when jockey Tommy Stack appeared down the line from another studio
Sykes with cards STEPHEN SHAKESHAFT