TT legend Geoff Duke makes last lap of Mountain Course

The hearse carrying Geoff Duke's body during Sunday's special lap

The hearse carrying Geoff Duke's body during Sunday's special lap

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Thousands of race fans lined the Snaefell Mountain Course on Sunday afternoon to pay their last respects to six-time World Road Race Champion Geoff Duke as the hearse carrying his coffin took the great man on a final lap of a course that made him famous.

Duke, who won a total of seven races over the course on Norton and Gilera machinery between 1949 and 1955, died at the age of 92 on May 1.

The lap was led on open roads by two TT travelling marshals, along with Geoff’s two sons, Peter and Michael, both mounted on bikes, and family members in cars bearing Geoff’s red rose of Lancashire insignia he wore on his crash helmet.

There will be a private funeral service, followed by a memorial service later in the year.

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