Anger after post locker placed over Warwick boxing hero's blue plaque - The Leamington Observer

Anger after post locker placed over Warwick boxing hero's blue plaque

Leamington Editorial 21st Sep, 2022 Updated: 21st Sep, 2022   0

A POSTcollection locker in Warwick has been moved  after it was placed in front of a blue plaque commemorating the achievements of town-born boxer Dick Turpin.

The plaque honouring the eldest of the famous Turpin brothers was erected outside Sainsbury’s in Warwick last November – with members of his family, Commonwealth Games 2022 heavyweight gold medallist Lewis Williams and the boxing press on hand to mark the occasion.

But InPost recently installed the parcel collection locker right in front of the plaque completely hiding it.

The firm quickly moved it following complaints.

Warwick & Leamington MP Matt Western, who attended the unveiling, was among those angered.

He said: “While the firm’s quick response is welcome, there are still questions to be answered to ascertain how this could have been allowed to happen in the first place.

“Along with responding to InPost, I have written to the chief executive of Sainsbury’s asking similar questions so the public can understand why such mistakes were made.

“I am grateful for the apology issued by InPost and expect a similar one from Sainsbury’s.

“Though the staff members in Warwick I’ve heard from have profusely apologised to the Turpin family, which is very welcome.”

Labour town and district councillor Dave Skinner was on hand to see it removed and talk with Sainsbury’s staff. He first demanded it was removed more than two weeks ago.

In 1948, Dick became the first black British boxer to break the so-called ‘colour bar’ – which prevented non-white boxers competing for major titles. Soon after, he became the first black athlete to win a title in any British sport.


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