Blue plaque honour for Morley’s cycling legend

Beryl Burton
Beryl Burton

Discussions are underway to decide where a Civic Trust blue plaque is to be placed honouring Morley’s champion cyclist Beryl Burton.’

The Highways and Transportation Committee met with Leeds Civic Trust last week to discuss the siting of the plaque.

Coun Terry Grayshon, chairman of the committee, said: “There were many ideas but we have narrowed it down to two. Either Beryl Burton Gardens or Elmfield flats where she used to live.

“We are in also contact with her family who may have their own ideas and we are interested in hearing from anyone who has an idea as to where it should be placed.

“All ideas will be taken on board.

“What Beryl Burton did, even if it was quite some time ago, was such an achievement.

“She was an unbelievable talent.”

Five times world champion, 13 times national champion, twice road-racing world champion and 12 times national champion, Beryl’s accolades include time trials, former world record holder, former British record holder, numerous sports awards and an MBE and OBE.

The news of Beryl’s latest honour comes as the region builds up to hosting the opening stages of the world famous Tour de France cycle race in July this year.

The opening stages are expected to attract several million spectators and seen by a television audience in the billions across the world.

Beryl’s life will also be brought to the stage by actress Maxine Peake, who is playing her on stage in a new play, Beryl, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from June 30-July 19.

Coun Grayshon said: “The plaque ties in with the Grand Depart and also with the play, which is really fantastic.

“It’s a real testament to Beryl and her talent.”