Memories of the Black Country’s greatest sportsman, Duncan Edwards, were shared at the opening of a room in his name at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill Dudley.
Seventy guests included Edwards family members, former team-mates from his youth, West Bromwich Albion’s FA Cup winning captain Graham Williams and the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Alan Taylor.
Duncan Edwards Tribute chairman Jim Cadman and the hotel’s general manager Stuart Fleming spoke about the importance of preserving the former Manchester United and England player’s legacy in his home town of Dudley and beyond.
Mr Cadman said: “This is a very big step forward in making sure the heritage of Duncan Edwards is passed on to a new generation.
“We have created a room in partnership with the Copthorne Hotel that tells the story of Duncan from when he was seven years old and had dreams of playing at Wembley all the way to the sadness of the Munich air disaster. The room is decorated the room with pictures and memorabilia that tell the story of Duncan’s life.”
Among the guests was Edwards’ cousin, 88-year-old Betty Cooksey, who said: “The tribute room is lovely and brings back lots of fond memories of Duncan. I’m delighted to see that his memory is being kept alive in his home town, which is fitting as he was very proud of his Black Country roots.”
Mayor of Dudley, Alan Taylor, added “A lot of football fans will know that Duncan played for Man Utd and England but may not be familiar with the story of his childhood right here in the Black Country and how this region shaped him.
“Duncan’s story is a great inspiration to any young person and shows that with talent and determination you can make a name for yourself, not just in football, but in any walk of life.”
The Copthorne Hotel will also be hosting the second annual Duncan Edwards tribute dinner on Thursday, September 19.