New memorials to Duncan Edwards
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”
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:
“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