BURTON’S MP has stepped in to try to help a Burton Commonwealth Games gold medal winner take his granddaughter to see the event he once won – 40 years on from the historic moment.
Tony Ford issued a plea for help after being unable 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.
Now Andrew Griffiths is taking up the call to ‘get Tony a ticket’ so that the town’s living legend can attend the event in which he triumphed four decades ago.
He said: “Tony was a fantastic athlete and did the town proud when he won his gold medal.
“Every grandfather would want to show their grandchildren the stage of their finest achievement.
“We have to do something to make sure this takes place and I will speak to the Secretary for Sport, Sajid Javid, to see if we can help Tony fulfil his wish.
“It is only right that we do everything we can to help out a gold medal winner.
“It is the least we can do for someone like Tony, who has done so much to help put Burton on the map and now wants to share that historic moment with his granddaughter.”
Mr Ford said: “I am delighted to hear that Andrew has decided to back my efforts to be able to take my granddaughter Lucy to see the event that I won 40 years ago.
“She is so interested in what I did and is always telling her friends about it, so I would love to be able to show her the modern-day version of what I did.
“I have tried to buy tickets and get tickets through official channels and weightlifting contacts, but I have not been able to.
“I just want to be able to take her and say ‘that was the event that granddad won’.
“She will then be able to tell her cousin Sade and brother Zack all about it because they are just a bit too young to go along.
“Hopefully now that the MP is involved I will be able to fulfil this dream and take her.
“It would also be nice personally as this year I celebrated 40 years since I won the gold medal – it would be a great way to round off the celebrations.”