AN online campaign to erect a monument in honour of Trolley Ted in Burton has been resurrected after the popular character’s appearance in the Mail’s nostalgia supplement provoked an unprecedented reaction.
Ted Gibson’s appearance in Mail Remembers this week sparked an outpouring of memories and saw readers get in touch via phone, email and online to celebrate the life of the man who took on supermarket giant Sainsbury’s – and won.
Calls are now being made to take another look at plans to create a memorial for Ted in the town, which were first mooted when he sadly passed away in 2006.
Joanne Taylor, via Facebook, said: “They should put up a statue of him with a trolley so he will always be remembered for hundreds of years to come.”
Wendy Newitt said: “He was a piece of Burton’s history, gone but not forgotten.”
More than 40 people commented online within hours of the story being shared on social networking site Facebook and it has now been liked by nearly 500 people.
Several Mail readers are now attempting to gather momentum for renewing calls for a monument in his memory to be placed somewhere in the town.
Ideas have included a golden trolley or just a simple plaque.
The popular pensioner, known for collecting abandoned supermarket trolleys and returning them to their owners, was banned by Sainsbury’s bosses when they opened a store in 1997 because management said he was too scruffy.
But, after a campaign led by the Mail and supported by thousands of people, the company relented and allowed Ted to carry on his voluntary duties.
Ted, a World War Two veteran and former JCB worker, moved from Rocester to Burton in 1983.
He was a popular figure around the town’s cafes, which he frequented while taking a break from collecting trolleys across the town.