Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin signs Book of Remembrance for Duncan Edwards

Dudley North MP Ian Austin will be joining people from all over the country to sign the book of remembrance for one of Dudley’s best-loved sons, Duncan Edwards.

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The book, which have been organised by local resident Rose Cook-Monk, will be taken to Munich and handed over as part of the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, a tragedy which claimed the lives of 23 of the 44 passengers.

In October 2016 a blue plaque was unveiled by Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton in Priory Park. Dudley North MP Ian Austin worked with Councillor and current Mayor 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.

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 disaster.

Ian Austin said:

“Duncan Edwards is one of the town’s best-loved sons and a real local hero. If you grew up in Dudley, like I did, you grew up with the name Duncan Edwards ringing in your ears. You played football for the Duncan Edwards Cup, his caps and shirts were on display when you went swimming at the leisure centre so I’m really grateful to Rose Cook-Monk for organising this to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the tragedy in Munich.

“I am really grateful to Rose, who has organised the book, for all she does to keep the memory of Duncan alive”

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