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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Ex-Barrow Raiders boss stops traffic in town centre

KEEN horse racing enthusiast and former Barrow Raiders chief Des Johnston nearly missed the start of the Cheltenham Festival – after his car broke down in traffic.

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BROKEN DOWN: Police with Des Johnston’s car after it malfunctioned in Abbey Road in Barrow. Inset, Mr Johnston JON GRANGER REF: 50030969B001

Although not a Friday, Tuesday 13th proved unlucky for Mr Johnston.

He brought traffic to a standstill in Abbey Road, Barrow, at around 12.15pm yesterday when his Aston Martin car stopped dead at traffic lights, next to Emlyn Hughes House. He said: “I just accelerated away from the lights when next thing it seized up and my air bags blew out on me and there was smoke everywhere.”

Mr Johnston said the drive shaft in his car broke and he jarred his wrists in the process. But worst of all, he said: “I nearly didn’t make it home in time for the start of the Cheltenham Festival.”

His luck was back in, though, as he backed the first winner to help cover the cost of the repairs.

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