28.09.2016 - Sponsor Supports Statue
Following the sad passing back in April 2015 of Chris Turner, a true POSH legend, a small group of dedicated supporters pulled together with the sole intention to ensure the former, player, captain, manager and owner was honoured in a way befitting to his achievements at Peterborough United throughout his lifetime.
After much deliberation, the overwhelming popular choice on how to commemorate Chris, was with a ‘life size bronze statue’ that would be positioned outside London Road, providing fans a focal point to pay their respects to the ‘great man’. With approval from the City Council forthcoming, the committee sought to raise funds to complete the £83,000 project.
To date, £53,000 has been generated and thanks to a helping hand from official club sponsor, Mick George Ltd, everyone connected with the club is hoping to take a step closer to reaching the final milestone.
Throughout October, Mick George Ltd has offered to donate £5 to the charitable cause for every online sale in a PE’ postcode. The range includes the recent addition of a large Home and Garden selection, as well as Skips and Concrete for those who are tackling DIY projects around their property. Supporters are urged to take advantage of the promotion and help get the initiative over the line.
Adi Mowles, spokesperson at CT5 Committee said: ‘’The Chris Turner Statue Committee is delighted that Mick George Ltd has agreed to help us reach our fundraising target. Thus far we are very proud to have generated an incredible amount bearing in mind the vast majority was from POSH fans. We are delighted that our amazing shirt sponsors have got on board, providing confidence that our total will be reached soon, with work hopefully commencing in November.’’
The iconic landmark is set to be fabulous spectacle, with one of the most talented sculptors in the country commissioned to create the statue. Sean Hedges Quinn, has experience completing similar developments, including elite sporting icons, such as Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey.
Neil Johnson, Technical Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Chris is well known in the region to people of many generations for his role at Peterborough United FC, for which he served with great distinction. Chris enjoyed much success, as official sponsor to the club, it’s an honour and a privilege to be able to assist, paying recognition to a man who played a major part in the clubs history.‘’
For more details about the CTSF project, please visit www.thechristurnerstatue.co.uk