Rutherford’s gold should be remembered, but how?

Station Square - should it be Rutherford Square?
Station Square - should it be Rutherford Square?
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THE gateway to Milton Keynes should be named after Olympic hero Greg Rutherford.

The recently rejuvenated Station Square, which cost £2 million, is considered the main gateway to the city with developers keen to give the right first impression to visitors arriving in Milton Keynes.

The square, outside Milton Keynes Central train station, is yet to be officially named by Milton Keynes Council, and here at the Citizen, we believe that the Ginger Wizard’s name would lend itself perfectly to the location.

The city has been debating, via social networking sites, how best to celebrate Rutherford’s Olympic long jump gold medal win on Saturday night.

Some people have also called for a roundabout to be named in his honour following presenter John Inverdale’s tongue-in-cheek comments on TV which has prompted support on Twitter and Facebook.

Almost as soon as the BBC presenter mentioned it, DestinationMK, the official visitor and tourist information service for the town, put the suggestion on to its Facebook page, sparking a huge amount of positive feedback.

And Carys Underwood, spokesman for DestinationMK, agreed that something should be done to mark Rutherford’s Olympic glory.

she said: “Station Square renaming 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 anymore so it cannot help for location purposes and it is generally a horrible name and not a good way to

welcome people at a key gateway into the city.

“Let’s make this happen – we’ve had nearly 3,800 likes on our Facebook page now so the people of MK want something to be done in his honour.”

The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris, added her congratulations to the Ginger Wizard, adding that the council was looking at the many suggestions it had already had of how to comemorate Rutherford’s historic gold medal.

“This was a fantastic achievement for Greg Rutherford and a very proud moment indeed for Milton Keynes,” Mrs Morris said.

“We are very keen to see that this superb Olympic performance is recognised and celebrated fully and we are working closely with various partner organisations across Milton Keynes to see how best we can honour Greg to mark this momentous achievement.

“I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the thousands of local people who were behind Greg all the way, many of whom have since been in touch with us with ideas to mark him winning gold.”

A home-coming party is already in the pipeline in Woburn Sands, where Rutherford lives.

A spokesman said: “Congratulations to Woburn Sands resident Greg Rutherford for your gold medal in the long jump. We are all very proud of you.

“The town council will definitely be organising a welcome home event.”

> What do you think about renaming Station Square to Rutherford Square? How else could Milton Keynes commemorate Greg Rutherford’s Olympic gold medal? Let us know your suggestions by emailing editorial@mkcitizen.co.uk