Hometown hero to choose his legacy

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MAYOR Catriona Morris has said Greg Rutherford can help choose how the city will honour him.

In an interview with the Citizen yesterday she said: “We would like to speak to him and find out what he would like.

Mayor with Gold Post box's outside Llyods Court CMK to celebrate Greg Rutherfords gold medal

Mayor with Gold Post box's outside Llyods Court CMK to celebrate Greg Rutherfords gold medal

“We want Milton Keynes to be recognised as a sporting city and Greg’s gold has helped put us on the map in that sense.”

Since Rutherford’s golden jump on Saturday suggestions have been pouring in on how his achievement could be acknowledged.

People have touted a number of ideas including renaming a roundabout, building a new one with a diameter of 8.31 metres – his medal winning distance – painting a golden strip of the same length or even putting a sandpit in the middle of a roundabout.

This paper suggested the Station Square development, which cost £2 million, could be renamed Rutherford Square.

Carys Underwood, from DestinationMK, said: “Renaming Station Square is an excellent idea.

“The suggestion has come through to us that the awfully named ‘Bottledump’ roundabout should be renamed in Greg’s honour.

“The original bottle dump does not exist any more so it cannot help for location purposes and not a good way to welcome people at a key gateway into the city.”

How should Greg’s Olympic gold be commemorated?

Let us know your suggestions by emailing editorial@mkcitizen.co.uk