TV star to unveil Beryl Burton plaque

Legendary Morley cyclist Beryl Burton.
Legendary Morley cyclist Beryl Burton.

A blue plaque honouring Morley cycling heroine Beryl Burton is to be unveiled in the town by television and stage actress Maxine Peake.

The ceremony, to be held at 2pm on Sunday June 8 in Beryl Burton Gardens, will also be attended by family members including her husband Charlie and daughter Denise Burton-Cole.

Maxine Peake will unveil the blue plaque to Beryl Burton.

Maxine Peake will unveil the blue plaque to Beryl Burton.

The star of Shameless, The Village and Silk, is to make her playwriting debut this month at the West Yorkshire Playhouse with an adaptation of her radio play Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels, the Sony award-nominated Radio 4 drama about the cycling champion’s life.

“It’s such an honour to join Charlie and Denise in the unveiling of this fitting tribute to quite possibly this country’s finest sportsperson and there’s no better place than the town Beryl was so immensely proud to call her home for many years,” said Maxine (pictured, inset).

“It’s going to be a wonderful, fun and colourful day and I’m sure Beryl would whole heartedly approve.”

Leeds Civic Trust, in partnership with Morley Town Council, has coordinated the unveiling.

Coun Terry Grayshon said: “Beryl Burton won 90 championships and seven world titles throughout her cycling career and her sporting success is well documented and celebrated in our town.

“It’s a privilege to receive a blue plaque in her honour here in Morley and we are thrilled that Maxine Peake is to visit and perform this ceremony for us.”

Morley town centre should already be a hive of activity with the CycleMania event which will include a food and craft market, starting at 10am.

Children are invited to join the celebrations by decorating their bikes to join a cycle parade on Queen Street at noon, with prizes for the best.