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Olympic Cycling Hero Tommy Godwin to be honoured on the Walk of Fame on Sunday 18 May

Double Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin who lived and owned a cycling shop on King's Heath's Silver Street is to be honoured with a pavement star on the Walk of Fame on Sunday 18 May.

Tommy was a double Bronze medallist at the 1948 London Olympics before becoming Britain's first paid national cycling coach in 1964. He carried the 2012 Olympic torch through Solihull and attended the London games before sadly dying in November that year.

A great family fun day out has been organised centred on Fletchers in York Road between 12 noon and 5 p.m. Local residents and cycling enthusiasts will be able to view an exhibition of his life and a collection of vintage cycles. They will be able to take part in a Watt Bike Challenge and try and break Tommy's 1 km Olympic speed record. They will be also be able to be photographed with the 2012 Olympic Torch Tommy so proudly carried through Solihull.

As part of the afternoon's activities Tommy's daughter Kay Jones will be presented with a replica of the pavement star at an Award Ceremony at 4 p.m. by Carl Chinn and Olympic Siver Medallist Harry Reynolds

Tommy's daughter Kay Jones said, “We are delighted that Tommy is being honoured by the King's Heath Walk of Fame. He spent over 30 years running his cycle shop in Siver Street and was proud to provide a service for everyone from the elite peformance cyclist to children wanting their first bikes. He loved being part of the vibrant King's Heath community and it would be marvellous to see as many old friends as possible marking this auspicious occasion. How he would have enjoyed the recognition”.

Ken Whittaker, one of the co-organisers of the King's Heath Walk of Fame, remembers the help Tommy gave him and his brother-in-law when they were involved in a Land's End to John O'Groats charity bike ride in the 1970's. He says “ I went to see Tommy at his cycle shop in Silver Street for advice, having not ridden much since my teens and he took us under his wing. He advised us on the training we should do and was kind enough to loan us bicycles. We decided to ride north to south, that's Jon O'Groats to Lands End because in our heads that made it all 'down hill'. Tommy found this amusing but encouraged us to do it 'our way', if that helped to keep us focused. He went to the trouble of keeping a check on our progress by phoning the agreed over-night stops, and he advised people in each area what we were doing and they were consequently very welcoming, many of them allowing us free accommodation and doing raffles to raise even more money for the charity. Tommy's kindness and professionalism got us through, we are sure we could not have done it without his help. He was one of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met”.

Bob Prew who co-organises the Walk of Fame said, “We want as many people as possible to come and join a host of local and national cyclists in honouring a true sporting legend who made such a contribution to the King's Heath community. We want the afternoon to be a wonderful celebration of Tommy's life and achievements. There will be lots of fun activities for all the family to take part in”.

Below: 1959 Advert for Tommy Godwin's Cycle Shop in Silver Street

 
Them and Now: Van Morrison Celebration to take place on Sunday 4 May

Them featuring Van Morrison were one of the many top 1960's groups who appeared at the Ritz Ballroom on King's Heath's York Road now sadly burnt down. Come and listen to a great line-up of top local musicians play their favourite Van Morrison songs at a special Lazy Sunday Afternoon session to celebrate this event.

Formed in Belfast in April 1964, Them scored Top Ten Hits with the double A side “Gloria”/ ”Baby Please Don't Go” and then “Here Comes The Night”. Morrison quit the band in 1966 to persue what was to turn out to be a phenomenally sucessful solo career starting with the hit single “Brown Eyed Girl” and a string of critically acclaimed albums beginning with “Astral Weeks” and “Moondance”.

Still regularly touring worldwide, “Van The Man” has become a true music legend collaborating on albums with The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker and Tom Jones. His recording with The Chieftains of “Have I Told You Lately” won him one of many Grammy Awards.

Don't miss King's Heath's tribute show to the “Belfast Cowboy”.

Compered by Irish singer songwriter Rich McMahon, the show will be headlined by Paul Murphy who played with Van in Belfast in the 1960's and nowadays fronts the 14 piece band The Destroyers, Micky Greaney, Tom Martin, Rob Peters and Blue Shire.

Advance Tickets cost £3 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 plus booking fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/264174

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

Below: Advert from Midland Beat for Regan's Dances including Them appearing at the Ritz Ballroom on Feb. 28th 1965



 
Special Concert will commemorate First Anniversary of Ritz Ballroom Fire

ABOVE: West Midlands Fire Service photo of the fire on 27 March 2013

A special concert is to be held on Sunday 6 April 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed the former Ritz Ballroom on King's Heath's York Road.

The Ballroom hosted legendary performances by top rock 'n' roll artists like Bill Haley, Gene Vincent and Jerry Lee Lewis, reggae star Jimmy Cliff and all the major groups of the 1960's including The Beatles, The Move, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Pink Floyd.

After the death of owners Ma and Pa Regan, the Ballroom was converted into a Cash Converters store before it was gutted by fire early on the morning of 27 March 2013.

Starting at 3 p.m. a special 3 hour commemorative concert will now be held on Sunday 6th April at Fletchers Bar directly opposite the burnt out ballroom featuring the award winning West Midlands group Out of The Shadows who will perform some of the greatest pop songs and instrumentals from the late 1950's onwards.

Expect to hear a great collection of covers of classic pop songs including Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues”, Cliff Richard's “I Could Easily Fall In Love With You” and Dire Straits' ”Walk Of Life” along with a string of top instrumental hits including “Cavatina – Theme From The Deer Hunter" and The Shadows' “Apache” and “Wonderful Land”

Hailing from Stourbridge, Out of The Shadows have regularly been voted Top Club Act by local club entertainment officers and audience members.

Out Of The Shadows will be supported by the young and very talented school student and singer/songwriter Harriet Harkcom.

Advance tickets cost £3 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 + booking fee from www.wegotickets.com/event/264172

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

 
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