Thomas Herron (1949 - 1979):
Motor Cycle Racer
Tommy Herron was born in Newcastle, County Down. He was a motor cycle racer and when he was twenty-one years old he won the North-West 200. He raced in Europe at most of the Grand Prix and in-ternational events in the 1970s. He won the 1976 Senior and 250cc races and the 1978 Senior T.T. race in the Isle of Man. In 1978 he set the then fastest ever lap of a road race circuit with 127.63 miles per hour. He joined the Suzuki team in 1979 but was killed in an accident in the North-West 200 the same year.