Uttlesford’s sporting heroes celebrated at museum

HEROES of sport past and present are being celebrated at Saffron Walden Museum in a touring exhibition.

‘Sporting Heroes’ celebrates the determination and achievements of sportspeople from the east of England, as well as local sports personalities and clubs. This includes a cricket club which started in 1812 and a football club which has been in existence for 140 years.

Maureen Evans, visitor services officer at the museum, said: “For many of us, sport is something we did at school and never took any further. However, there are those who continue and work hard to become professional athletes and champions.

“Even those who don’t actively take part in sport can still be as passionate when supporting their team or hero.”

Sportspeople continue to motivate a new generation of sporting heroes, particularly in this special year in which London hosts the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Mrs Evans added: “We have two local Olympic champions - Chloe Rogers who plays for the Olympic women’s hockey team and Dan Bentley, gold medallist in boccia – a Paralympic sport. They are both ambassadors for Team Essex and support budding and inspire athletes.”

Also featured in the exhibition is a selection of sports photos and programmes and cricket bats made from Willow grown both in Essex and in the district itself. Chloe Rogers has also loaned some of her own medals and memorabilia.

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The exhibition runs from Saturday (April 28) until Sunday July 1. The museum is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am-5pm and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2-5pm. Entry costs �1.50 for adults, 18 and under free with concessions at 75p. Annual season tickets are available at �5 or �2.50 (concessions).