There’s a new Poke­mon buzz around Bee­ston

The Hockey Paper - - OPINION -

DID you ever won­der what be­came of “The Hockey Fam­ily” statue that used to grace the ap­proach to the for­mer Na­tional Hockey Sta­dium in Mil­ton Keynes? Well the good news is that it is liv­ing at the home of Bee­ston HC where it is look­ing great be­hind its own rail­ings and con­tin­ues to re­ceive ad­mir­ers.

The statue tells quite an in­ter­est­ing story. The statue was com­mis­sioned by the Na­tional Hockey Foun­da­tion and, fol­low­ing the clo­sure of the Mil­ton Keynes sta­dium, was moved to Nottingham Hockey Cen­tre in 2008.

The Hockey Cen­tre made a few up­grades to the statue in re­cent years. The gran­ite around the base of the statue has been up-cy­cled from the Old Mar­ket Square in Nottingham City Cen­tre fol­low­ing its re­cent ren­o­va­tion.

The rail­ings are over 100 years old and have been up-cy­cled from the nearby “Wol­la­ton Hall” – The build­ing used as Wayne Manor from the Bat­man film The Dark Knight Rises.

The four gold cor­ner posts have also been up-cy­cled from an old gate at the Univer­sity of Nottingham.

The Hockey Statue is a Pokestop on the pop­u­lar app Poke­mon Go and chil­dren are of­ten seen gath­ered round the statue look­ing at their smart­phones search­ing for Poke­mon!

HEARD the one about how a Wim­ble­don hockey player helped one of Bri­tain’s rich­est pop stars shed his bal­loon­ing weight?

Ed Sheeran re­cently ad­mit­ted that girl­friend Cherry Se­aborn, who joined Wim­ble­don HC ear­lier this year, proved in­stru­men­tal in the singer los­ing 3.5 stone af­ter putting him on a strict ex­er­cise regime.

Hav­ing weighed in at 15 stone last year through a diet of pizza and beer dur­ing his year off tour­ing, Sheeran soon turned his life­style around.

“I did ten min­utes a day without fail – in­ter­vals of 30 sec­onds sprint­ing and 30 jog­ging,” he told a New York ra­dio sta­tion this month.

Se­aborn joined Eng­land Hockey Con­fer­ence East side Wim­ble­don in Fe­bru­ary.

While at Durham, she won the Bri­tish Univer­sity Cham­pi­onship in 2012 and 2013 and played for Dukes Univer­sity Blue Devils af­ter mov­ing to the United States for work.

Whether she will be asked to con­vince Sheeran to sing the na­tional an­them at a Lee Val­ley Test match re­mains to be seen.

Iconic: The Hockey Fam­ily statue

Ed Sheeran

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