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Beryl Burton gets blue plaque honour

Lynda Kitching from Leeds Civic Society with Maxine Peake, Beryl's husband Charlie Burton and daughter Denise Burton-Cole at the unveiling on Sunday.

Lynda Kitching from Leeds Civic Society with Maxine Peake, Beryl's husband Charlie Burton and daughter Denise Burton-Cole at the unveiling on Sunday.

Actress Maxine Peake has unveiled a blue plaque dedicated to Beryl Burton in a ceremony watched by the cycling legend’s family.

Beryl’s husband Charlie and daughter Denise Burton-Cole saw the star reveal the plaque in Morley town centre on Sunday.

A large crowd turned up to see the unveiling in the entrance to Beryl Burton Gardens, off Queen Street.

The placing of the plaque has been a joint effort by Leeds Civic Society, Morley Town Council, the Outer South Area Committee of Leeds City Council and Morley Town Centre Management Board.

Speaking at the unveiling Mrs Burton-Cole said she and her father had been “overwhelmed” by the honour,

“I would like to thank all the Morley people, the council and everyone involved as I’m sure there’s been a lot of hard work put into this,” she said.

“We are absolutely honoured and overwhelmed.”

* See this week’s Observer & Advertiser for the full report and more pictures.

 

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