Call to back ‘hero’ hurdler Turner

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‘HUCKNALL Heroes’ was the theme of a ‘Heritage Walk’ around the town centre, conducted by David Heathcote.

He asked the 26 people on the walk to give full support to Hucknall’s latest ‘hero’ — sprint hurdler Andy Turner.

The athlete grew up with parents Malcolm and Yvonne and his elder brother, Garry, at their home on Nottingham Road, Hucknall.

“Make sure you cheer for Andy when he competes in the London Olympics in just a few weeks’ time,” said David, who has lived in Hucknall for 25 years and is a former deputy head teacher at Hucknall National Comprehensive School (now the Church Of England Academy).

The walk started at Hucknall Parish Church and was routed along High Street, Watnall Road, Beardall Street, Duke Street, Station Road, Linby Road, Albert Street, Annesley Road and Market Place.

Among ‘heroes’ mentioned by David were Byron, his gifted mathematician daughter, Ada Lovelace, national champion prizefighter Ben Caunt, philanthropist and healer Zachariah Green and famous composer Eric Coates.

David stressed that Hucknall’s coalminers, who had played a leading part in bringing prosperity to the town, often at great personal cost, should also come in the category of ‘heroes’.

Seventeen people took part in the Byron pilgrimage walk from Hucknall Parish Church to Newstead and back, led by Jim Spray.

The route was along Carlingford Road and Black Pad, via the old Linby Colliery site, through Linby and across the Meadows to St James’s Church, Papplewick.

It continued along the old road to the Abbey.

n OUR PHOTO shows walkers gathered at Hucknall Parish Church ahead of the pilgrimage trek — DISPIC NHUD12-1450-1.