There’s a new Pokemon buzz around Beeston
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