Turner statue is cer­tain to be a high­light

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - POSH LEGEND HONOURED -

No mat­ter what hap­pens on the pitch, there is one guar­an­teed high­light for many Posh fans.

That will be the un­veil­ing of the Chris Turner statue out­side the ABAX Sta­dium on Friday, Septem­ber 1.

The Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph asked Adi Mowles, the chair­man of the Chris Turner Statue Fund, to talk us through a supreme fundrais­ing ef­fort . . .

Less than two years ago a group of long-time Posh fans got to­gether to make plans for an am­bi­tious and, some would say, fool­hardy project.

Some­thing as mas­sive as a statue for club leg­end Chris Turner was most cer­tainly not some­thing taken lightly and it has to be said that first com­mit­tee meet­ing saw a few peo­ple se­ri­ously doubt­ing it could ever be done or that it would take many years.

How­ever, as has been proven, those of us who were adamant it would hap­pen were right and by the end of that meet­ing the doubters too had been per­suaded so it was all guns fir­ing and from that very day there was no ques­tion what­so­ever the project would suc­ceed.

There are too many in­di­vid­u­als or in­deed busi­nesses to men­tion although this will be done on the un­veil­ing day via a spe­cially com­mis­sioned pro­gramme.

The foot­ball club them­selves have been kind enough to al­low us to hold two bucket col­lec­tions be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter matches and th­ese two oc­ca­sions have seen the two high­est amounts ever col­lected to­talling al­most £5,000!

The ma­jor­ity of the money col­lected,and it to­tals over £100,000 as of now, has been, as in­tended, raised and do­nated by the sup­port­ers.

One of the most suc­cess­ful ideas we have had has been The CT5 club which has seen over 140 peo­ple do­nat­ing £10 per month, many of them have done so since the CT5’s in­cep­tion.

For the fans by the fans has al­ways been our wish and it has been the rea­son why things have pro­gressed so quickly.

Race nights, quiz nights, North­ern Soul evenings, two in­cred­i­bly suc­cess­ful golf days (shared with that great char­ity the Free­kicks Foun­da­tion), the afore­men­tioned bucket col­lec­tions, the sell­ing of nu­mer­ous bits of Posh mem­o­ra­bilia, raf­fles, auc­tions, a play­ers’ dona­tion, in­di­vid­ual busi­ness­men as well as lo­cal busi­nesses, have all con­trib­uted to this amaz­ing to­tal.

Sev­eral other statue projects around the foot­ball world have been re­searched while we have been fundrais­ing and much big­ger clubs than us have taken a lot longer to raise the re­quired funds than we have.That is a tes­ta­ment not only to Posh fans gen­eros­ity but to the love and af­fec­tion held for that Posh leg­end Chris Turner.

One worry we had at the start was how well known Chris and his ex­ploits would be to the younger gen­er­a­tion, but thank­fully it seems par­ents and sib­lings have been very con­sci­en­tious in ed­u­cat­ing the young­sters in their lives.

For us real oldies of course our mem­o­ries of Chris be­gan with him as a young cen­tre­half tak­ing over from the ex­cel­lent John Wile who had left for pas­tures new.

We have been lucky enough to see him re­turn many years later and be­come a Posh leg­end all over again.

What has been great how­ever is those who re­mem­ber Chris only as a man­ager are also per­fectly aware of his play­ing ca­reer and so the project has in­deed spanned three or four gen­er­a­tions and it is hard to imag­ine any­one else who could have done this from our beloved club’s his­tory.

The un­veil­ing day on Friday, Septem­ber 1 prom­ises to be­come one of the great­est days that Lon­don Road has ever seen.

There­arenu­mer­ou­sev­ents planned for the day with the aim be­ing for all of them to be free for chil­dren in par­tic­u­lar with sev­eral rides and foot­ball re­lated games along the out­side of the main stand.

The Venue bar will be open for a re­fresh­ing drink or two.

There will be lots of pre­pub­lic­ity so get that after­noon off, dress in blue and come along to en­joy ev­ery­thing on offer and wel­come Chris home once again.

It would be great to see as many of you there with your kids or grand-kids on what will be an his­toric day for the club, the fans, but also for our fan­tas­tic city.

Lastly on a per­sonal note I would like to thank my fan­tas­tic com­mit­tee for all their amaz­ing ef­forts.

Adi Mowles CTSF com­mit­tee

chair­man

Adi Mowles with some of the trib­utes left at Lon­don Road fol­low­ing Chris Turner’s death.

Posh leg­end Chris Turner.

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