COLIN WEDD, chairman of the Northern Racing College (now National Horseracing College) from its establishment in 1984 until 2010, has died, aged 82, after a short illness.

A former teacher, he was chair of the Doncaster District Labour party and a member of the South Yorkshire County Council, when the idea to set up a training establishment for stable staff in the area was first raised in 1982.

His interest in horses – he was a notable exception among Labour councillors in that he rode to hounds – led to his being asked to take on the chairmanship, when the South Yorkshire Apprentice Race Training School was opened at Rossington.

When Wedd stood down, the NRC’s then president the Duke of Devonshire praised him for his “vision and inspiration,” adding: “Colin’s work has not only had a local but also a national and international impact on the racing industry, and the lives of thousands of young people.

“He has provided a supportive, guiding hand that has enabled the development of the successful organisation we have today.”

Wedd, who has a room in the NHC visitor centre named in his honour, was succeeded by Paul Greeves, who said: “Colin’s legacy is enormous.”

Wedd is survived by his wife Stancie and stepchildren Sarah and Patrick.

His funeral will take place at Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster, at 11.40am on January 24, followed by a gathering at his home, Hampole Priory, DN6 7ET, which all are invited to attend.