Renaming of park will go to public vote

Roy Freeman and John Bradshaw are childhood friends who grew up on Caunce Street when former England cricketer Harold Larwood owned a sweet shop there.They are campaigning to have the park and Sports Barn renamed in his honour.
Roy Freeman and John Bradshaw are childhood friends who grew up on Caunce Street when former England cricketer Harold Larwood owned a sweet shop there.They are campaigning to have the park and Sports Barn renamed in his honour.
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The possibility of renaming a park in honour of a famous cricketer is to be put to a public vote.

Following calls to rename the Victory Road park and Sports Barn in honour of former England fast bowler Harold Larwood, Blackpool Council has announced people living in the three council wards closest to the park will be able to have their say at a public meeting next month.

Mr Larwood, who represented England in the 1920s and 1930s, was one of the most well-known sportsmen of his day and ran a sweet shop on Caunce Street after his retirement from playing cricket.

Roy Freeman and John Bradshaw grew up on Caunce Street, close to where Larwood tended his shop, and wrote to the council with the initial suggestion.

Mr Freeman, now 68, of Blackpool Road, Poulton, urged residents in the three wards (Brunswick, Claremont and Talbot) eligible to vote to make their voices heard on the subject at Gateway area panel meetings.

He said: “I would say get along there and support it.

“It’s something that’s going to be there forever once it’s there.

“If they don’t seize the opportunity it won’t be many generations before Harold Larwood’s name is lost.

“I can’t really think why they would not want it because it’s not really got a name at the moment, it’s just a park there.

“At least it would be a recognisable name.”

And by coincidence the vote will take place on the day of the first Test match between England and Australia, in Nottingham, where Larwood used to ply his trade.

Duncan Hamilton, who wrote an award-winning biography of Larwood, has welcomed the decision.

He said: “It’s a fabulous idea.

“He was so happy in Blackpool and it was just one of those places where he felt instantly comfortable.”

The meeting where voting takes place is at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 10, at the Salvation Army centre, on Raikes Parade, in central Blackpool.

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