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Feb 6, Duncan's statue. Pic: Keith Slater

Feb 6, Duncan's statue. Pic: K. Slater

Duncan Edwards: A legend remembered

A special thanksgiving service marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Duncan Edwards will be held in Dudley. Wreaths have already been laid at Duncan's statue.

Dudley-born football legend Duncan Edwards died from injuries sustained in the Munich air crash, 6 February 1958.

Feb 6, Duncan's statue. Pic: K. Slater

Feb 6, Duncan's statue. Pic: K. Slater

On the 50th anniversary of the crash, 6 February 2008, approximately 200 people gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of the Dudley-born player.

One of Duncan's cousins, John Edwards, described the ceremony in Dudley as "glorious".

A minute's silence was also held in memory of the footballer.

Dudley’s official thanksgiving service - 21st February

Duncan Edwards, former Manchester United and England star, died in hospital 15 days after seven other Manchester United players, known as the Busby Babes, were killed when their plane crashed in snowy conditions.

The Duncan Edwards statue

The Duncan Edwards statue

Dudley’s official thanksgiving service to celebrate the life and achievements of the football legend will be held on Thursday 21st February 2008 at Duncan's statue in Market Place at 11am.

Manchester United Football Club will be represented along with family members. Duncan was one of 23 people to die as a result of the Munich air crash.

The service will be led by The Mayor of Dudley and Rev Geoff Johnson from St. Francis' Church in Laurel Road, which was Duncan's parish church. Other civic dignitaries and the public will also pay their respects.

Mayor of Dudley, Councillor David Stanley, said:

"Duncan will always be remembered by people in Dudley as well those further afield across the country and indeed the world. We hope people will come along to pay their respects to a true Dudley legend at this short service to celebrate his life."

Duncan Edwards statue, Dudley

Duncan Edwards statue, Dudley

Edwards was born in Dudley on October 1st 1936 and always spoke of his pride at being an ambassador for the town wherever his football career took him.

His short career spanned from 1952 to 1958, where Edwards made 175 appearances for United, scoring 21 goals and winning two league championships. He also won 18 England caps.

Duncan Edwards exhibition

Dudley Museum and Art Gallery has opened a new exhibition in honour of Edwards. Photos of Edwards, his sport shirts and England caps as well as press cuttings from the time are just some of the memorabilia on display.

Edwards window, St Francis' Church

Edwards window, St Francis' Church

The exhibition - Duncan Edwards 50 Years On - runs until Saturday 24th May and is the forerunner to a dedicated Duncan Edwards display space, a purpose built gallery that will house the museum's collection of memorabilia.

A further event to commemorate the life of Duncan Edwards is planned to take place in Dudley on Saturday 7th June 2008. Details of the event will be released closer to the time but it will include a football tournament at Castle High School.

last updated: 07/02/2008 at 15:54
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