New memo­ri­als to Dun­can Ed­wards

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By GAVIN JONES

A NEW me­mo­rial to Dun­can Ed­wards has been un­veiled in a Dudley pub to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of the Mu­nich air crash, which took the life of the Dudley born Busby Babe.

The paint­ing by Hale­sowen tat­tooist Lyn­d­sey Mar­shall was un­veiled in the Sara­cens Head pub in Stone Street by the Founder of the Dun­can Ed­wards Foun­da­tion Rose Cook-monk.

Pub land­lord Paul Wat­ton moved to Dudley from Man­ches­ter six months ago to take over the his­toric town cen­tre pub. Paul said “As a big Man­ches­ter United fan, as soon as I moved to Dudley I knew I wanted to do some­thing for Dun­can, I com­mis­sioned Lyn­d­sey to do the paint­ing and she’s done a great job. The Foun­da­tion are giv­ing us some pho­tos to add to the wall so we think it will be a great fea­ture for our reg­u­lars and peo­ple vis­it­ing the town”

Fo­cal point

Rose said, “It’s an­other great tribute to Dun­can and I shall now in­clude the Sara­cens Head in my Dun­can Ed­wards tours.

“It’s a great fo­cal point and a place where peo­ple can en­joy a pint and some food af­ter the tours”

The tours, which started last year, have at­tracted hun­dreds of peo­ple around the town, show­ing all the places as­so­ci­ated with Dun­can Ed­wards, in­clud­ing the stained glass win­dow at St Fran­cis Church, The Pri­ory School, the blue plaque on Pri­ory Park un­veiled by Sir Bobby Charl­ton two years ago, his shirts and mem­o­ra­bilia at the archives on Tip­ton Road, the statue in the Mar­ket Place and his grave at the Queens Cross Ceme­tery.

Rose added “As well as all the his­tory as­so­ci­ated with Dun­can vis­i­tors get a his­tory tour of the town too. Dates for next year are al­ready be­ing booked.

“We have a fab­u­lous his­tory in the town and Dun­can is a huge part of it. Lyn­d­sey’s paint­ing is a great ad­di­tion to the tours which help keep Dun­can’s name alive.”

And there should soon be an­other me­mo­rial to Dudley’s most fa­mous son, in the pri­mary school where Dun­can’s jour­ney to star­dom be­gan.

Pri­ory Pri­mary School, on the town’s Pri­ory Es­tate, is ap­peal­ing for trees, plants and gar­den­ing ex­per­tise in their quest to build a ‘gar­den of dreams’ in mem­ory of their fa­mous ex-pupil.

The school plans to trans­form derelict un­used space on the school grounds into a na­ture gar­den in Dun­can’s hon­our,

“It will be a place where pupils can study, grow their own plants and have a quiet space to re­mem­ber lost loved ones in­clud­ing their hero Dun­can,” said Rose Cook-monk.

The pro­ject is be­ing led jointly by head teacher Jill Craig and Rose, who is also a gover­nor at the Limes Road site.

“We have lots of ex­cit­ing pro­jects with the school and this is one we are re­ally look­ing for­ward to,” Rose told the Bu­gle.

“It al­ready is a peace haven but we want to make it into a place where the chil­dren can re­ally re­lax, feel calm and en­joy the na­ture around them”.

The site had pre­vi­ously been a gar­den be­fore fall­ing into dis­re­pair many years ago. Jill Craig was her­self a pupil at the school and said:

“I have won­der­ful mem­o­ries of sit­ting un­der the tree read­ing sto­ries when I was a pupil here and I would love to give the chil­dren now the same op­por­tu­nity to sit out in the sun­shine and en­joy the trees and plants that they have helped to plant and grow.

“We aren’t able to use the space at the mo­ment be­cause of the un­safe paths and steps. Hope­fully with the com­mu­nity get­ting in­volved, peo­ple do­nat­ing plants, seats and ma­te­ri­als we will not only have a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment for na­ture to flour­ish but a spe­cial place where we can re­mem­ber Dun­can Ed­wards.”

The pro­ject is be­ing backed by the Ed­wards fam­ily. Dusky Ed­wards, sec­ond cousin to the young Busby Babe, said:

Hon­our

“To be part of the of­fi­cial tribute to my cousin is an hon­our in it­self but to be able to help the com­mu­nity in other ways is fan­tas­tic.

“Jill and Rose do a su­perb job at keep­ing Dun­can’s name alive here at the school. It’s an hon­our to have a me­mo­rial gar­den for Dun­can at a place that meant so much to him.”

The Wood­lands Trust has al­ready awarded the Dun­can Ed­wards Foun­da­tion trees, shrubs and plants but much-needed build­ing ma­te­ri­als are also re­quired to com­plete the pro­ject. Jones’s stone­ma­sons of Welling­ton Road Dudley, who sup­plied the head­stone for Dun­can’s grave at Queens Cross Ceme­tery, have do­nated a me­mo­rial stone for the pro­posed site.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to the pro­ject can con­tact Jill Craig at Pri­ory Pri­mary School on 01384 816845 or Rose at the Dun­can Ed­wards Foun­da­tion on 07701 092994.

Rose Cook-monk and artist Lyn­d­sey Mar­shall with the huge new me­mo­rial paint­ing

For­mer Wolves player Mel Eves, Dudley Town Chair­man Steve Austin (both Trustees) Head Teacher Jill Craig, mem­bers of Pri­ory School Pupil Coun­cil, Dusky Ed­wards (cousin and trustee) and Rose Cook-monk with pupils of the school

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