A BURTON Commonwealth Games gold medal winner struggled to contain his ‘delight’ after the town’s MP secured him tickets to take his granddaughter to see the event he once won – 40 years on from the historic moment.
Tony Ford contacted Andrew Griffiths after pleas to secure tickets to take granddaughter Lucy to see the 85 kilo class event – known as light heavyweight when Tony struck gold in 1974 in Christchurch, New Zealand – at next month’s games in Glasgow fell on deaf ears with his contacts throughout the industry.
The Tory got in touch with Secretary of State for Culture, media and Sport Sajid Javid, who came up trumps and provided a pair of tickets – which has made the grandfather’s ‘dream come true’.
Mr Ford was ‘overjoyed’ with the news and was quick to praise his new favourite politician.
He said: “I am over the moon that Andrew has been able to get me some tickets.
“He deserves a real big pat on the back for what he has done for me.
“I am not a political person but I asked him to do something for me and he has come through with flying colours.
“That is a good job in my eyes and I cannot thank him enough.”
After being put through a mini workout with Tony after telling him that he had managed to secure the tickets, Mr Griffiths told the Mail he was pleased he had been able to help a ‘true Burton legend’.
He said: “I was delighted to be able to meet Tony and tell him in person that I had managed to secure him two tickets to take his granddaughter to see the event he won four decades ago and made everyone in Burton so very proud.
“When I heard that Tony could not get any tickets, I got in touch with Sajid Javid to see if he could help in any way at all.
“I was so pleased when I got a letter saying that he had managed to secure two tickets for Tony, as well as praising him and all his achievements while representing his country.
“I must put on record my thanks to Mr Javid for helping me to help Tony’s dream come true.
“What Tony did had a big impact on a lot of people in the town and that is why he is so widely thought of today.
“He has been, and remains to this day, a great ambassador for this town and I hope he enjoys being able to take another generation of his family to relive his greatest moment.”