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Kirklees Sporting Heroes - Eileen Fenton

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Our Sporting Greats - Exhibition

'Our Sporting Greats', put together by Kirklees Museums and Galleries, celebrates the achievements of Kirklees sports men and women, from the period 1950 to around 2000.


It features the sporting success stories of the likes of swimmers Eileen Fenton and Anita Lonsbrough, footballers Ray Wilson and Trevor Cherry, athlete Derek Ibbotson, footballer and cricketer Claire Taylor and fencer James Williams.

Among the items featured in the exhibition are the full swimming kit Eileen Fenton wore when she swam the Channel in 1950, the running spikes Derek Ibbotson wore when he created a new sub-four minute mile record, the jacket fencer James Williams wore in the Olympics and Claire Taylor's England football and cricket shirts.

Also on show will be a swimsuit belonging to Anita Lonsbrough which has been contributed by a member of the public, along with a postcard sent by Anita from the Tokyo Olympics to the lady's family.
The exhibition also includes the rugby ball and cap from the first Rugby League Challenge Cup in 1897 at Headingley, Leeds.

As part of the exhibition, which is now showing at Red House Museum, Gomersal until September 2009, there will be a DVD about sporting achievement in Kirklees and with interviews from the sports stars (from which the Eileen Fenton video clip was taken).


Excerpt from the short film ‘Our Sporting Greats’ made for Kirklees Museums and Galleries by Chris Squire and Andy Wicks of Impossible Theatre (web link below).

Archive footage courtesy of the Pathe.

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