Greg Rutherford to be honoured in Woburn Sands parade – but still no word from Milton Keynes Council

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

OLYMPIC long jump champion Greg Rutherford is to take part in an open top bus tour around his home town of Woburn Sands.

The gold medallist, who triumphed in the Olympic Stadium on August 4 – dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ – alongside Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah, will be honoured at his own celebration parade on Friday, September 28.

The news comes just a week after this newspaper reported that Milton Keynes Council plans to organise a celebratory event on the following day (Saturday, September 29) had been cancelled.

Milton Keynes Citizen understands that discussions are currently ongoing at the council, with the possibility that something may yet be resurrected for that date – either a city-wide celebration or an ‘unveiling’ of Rutherford to the crowd at Milton Keynes Dons’ home game against Crewe.

But while the unitary authority continues to procrastinate, Woburn Sands Town Council has already announced its celebrations.

A vintage open top bus tour will begin its journey at Frosts Garden Centre at 4.30pm and travel up Station Road, Theydon Avenue and The Leys to Mowbray Green.

There will then be speeches and the unveiling of a permanent tribute in the form of an 8.31 metre gold strip in the ground, while games makers and volunteers from Woburns Sands, Wavendon, Aspley Guise, Bow and Little Brickhill are also invited to attend the celebrations.

The bus will then continue down Hardwick Road and along the High Street to the Summerlin Centre, where Rutherford will sign autographs.

Any games makers or volunteers keen to attend the event should contact the town council on 01908 585368.

Last week the Citizen revealed how Milton Keynes Council had released plans regarding a celebration – ‘for all our Olympic and Paralympic stars’ – on September 29.

The event included a reception at the council offices, followed by a presentation at Campbell Park and the chance for people to try a range of sports.

Plans to introduce Rutherford to the crowd at Milton Keynes Dons had also been mooted.

But within 20 minutes of the statement being released a second email was issued withdrawing it.

MK Council has already received criticism that the event should have taken place much sooner after Rutherford captured gold, but had argued that it wanted to hold a celebration to honour all the city athletes who competed at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.