A call has been made for Hucknall’s greatest athlete, Andy Turner, to be officially recognised or honoured now that he has retired.
Sprint hurdler Turner (33) has called time on an illustrious career in which he won gold and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships and a bronze medal at the World Championships, and also took part at three Olympic Games.
Although he now lives in Surrey, he was born in Hucknall, his family home is on Nottingham Road in Hucknall and he attended Nottingham High School. So one of his former coaches, Alan Bower, has issued a plea for Hucknall, Ashfield or Nottingham to salute his record in some way.
“I coached him for a very short period in his career, but his achievements since have made me very proud,” said Bower, who now lives in Germany.
“He has never given up, despite injuries, which hit him hard, and despite losing his Lottery funding, which hurt him deeply.
“He has inspired and supported so many younger athletes and, in the celebrations after his last race at Gateshead, we witnessed how much his peers love, respect and value his contribution.
“He has become a great ambassador for athletics and represented GB in many team events. More importantly, he grew up to become a really decent guy. So I call on Hucknall and Nottingham to recognise his commitment, enthusiasm, dedication and achievements.
“I cannot influence the authorities. But I say to Dispatch readers: please lobby your MPs and councillors to make this happen. I hope and trust that Andy Turner fans will ask for this.”