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Dudley MP Ian Austin and his team will be busy baking cakes next week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They’re inviting local people to pop in to their Dudley office for a cup of tea or coffee and cake as part of the “World’s Biggest coffee Morning” which is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event and asks people across the country to host an event to raise money.

Ian will be hosting his from 2-4pm on Friday 30th September at St James House, Trinity Road, Dudley, DY1 1JB.

Austin’s event is being held in memory of local man John Thomas, who passed away last year. Macmillan provide support to people battling cancer from the moment they are diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.

Residents can pop in and have a slice of cake and a cup of tea or coffee in return for a donation to Macmillan.

Ian Austin said:

“Macmillan Cancer Support provide vital support for people suffering from cancer in Dudley and across the country.

“I wanted to invite local people in for a cup of tea or coffee, a piece of cake and a chat.

“Macmillan were there to support John and his family through his illness. I know what a difference they make and I thought it would be nice to organise this to say thank you for their amazing work.

“I hope lots of residents can pop in and help us and raise money for this great cause. Please come along if you can and bring friends and family to join us.”

Please click here to RSVP for Ian's Macmillan Coffee & Cake event.

Join Ian for tea and cake to raise money for Macmillan in memory of local man

Dudley MP Ian Austin and his team will be busy baking cakes next week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A blue plaque commemorating Dudley footballing hero Duncan Edwards will be unveiled by England manager Sam Allardyce.

The unveiling will take place at 3pm on Saturday October 1st at the Pavilion on Priory Park.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has been working with Councillor Dave Tyler and members of the local community to honour Duncan Edwards with a blue plaque at Priory Park where he honed his skills near to his childhood home on the Priory Estate.

Councillor Tyler and Ian Austin launched an appeal to pay for the plaque which is being funded with generous donations from local residents, Manchester United F.C, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion.

Duncan Edwards lived on the Priory estate in Dudley and signed for Manchester United as a teenager. He became the youngest player to play in the Football League First Division and then the youngest England player since the Second World War before his life was tragically cut short as a result of injuries sustained in the Munich Air Crash on February 1958.

Bobby Charlton described him as "the only player that made me feel inferior". Tommy Docherty said that "there is no doubt in my mind that Duncan would have become the greatest player ever. Not just in British football, with United and England, but the best in the world.”

The plaque will be placed in Priory Park and unveiled by England Manager Sam Allardyce. “Big Sam” was born locally on the Old Park Farm Estate and spent his youth playing for Dudley Town before training with West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He carved out a notable career as a professional footballer and team manager before taking on the prestigious role as England manager.

Blue plaques, a scheme supported by English Heritage, celebrates the link between notable figures and the place they lived and grew up.

The plaque commemorating Duncan Edwards has been designed by Dudley Borough Artist Steve Field.

Sam Allardyce said:

“On behalf of The FA and England, it is a great honour for me to be asked to take part in such a noteworthy occasion. I look forward to returning home and seeing many familiar faces as we commemorate one of English football’s greatest ever players.”

Councillor Dave Tyler said:

“Duncan Edwards is one of the town’s most successful sons. He grew up on the Priory estate, attended Priory Primary and spent the majority of his weekends playing football with his friends at Priory Park.

“It will be great to have an official blue plaque to celebrate his local roots in the area where he practiced and polished his skills as a youngster. We are grateful to and Sam and the Football Association for their help and for taking time out of their busy schedules to honour Duncan Edwards.”

Ian Austin MP said:

“For anyone like me, who grew up in Dudley, the name of Duncan Edwards is synonymous with the town and your childhood; your school competed for the Duncan Edwards Cup; you saw the stained glass windows at St Francis’s Church. When you went swimming you’d see the shirts and the caps at the leisure centre.

“We are all so grateful for the generous donations from local people and Manchester United F.C, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion to enable local hero Duncan Edwards to be commemorated with a blue plaque.”

England manager Sam Allardyce to unveil Duncan Edwards blue plaque

A blue plaque commemorating Dudley footballing hero Duncan Edwards will be unveiled by England manager Sam Allardyce.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has urged local groups to apply for funding from two new schemes.

The new £1.5 million Postcode Local Trust is funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and has opened a new round of applications for environmental projects. Groups in Dudley have until 5pm Friday 30 September to apply by visiting www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk.

Insurance firm Aviva has also launched a Community Fund that can award up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories including supporting the elderly, health and wellbeing and community sport.

Last year Aviva had over 430 separate winner and is aiming to award over 800 grants this year. Information on how to apply is available here.

Austin has written to a number of community groups in Dudley to make them aware of the opportunities, and has offered to support local bids for funding.

Ian Austin said:

“Black Country people are the most generous in Britain, so we have lots of brilliant local community groups and charities in the area.

“Working with local groups we’ve managed to get funding for local sports clubs, schools and parks.

“Applying for one of these funds could help get a new project off the ground, so I’m ready to throw my support behind and local groups interested in making a bid.”

Dudley MP urges local groups to apply for funding

Dudley MP Ian Austin has urged local groups to apply for funding from two new schemes.


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