A special day at the ABAX Stadium on Friday - make sure you are there!
The Chris Turner Statue will be officially unveiled at the ABAX Stadium this Friday (1st September) at 3pm. The unveiling event will be open to the general public from 1pm with plenty on offer including fairground rides, and hot food and hospitality in ‘The Venue’.
Many ex-players and managers from Chris’ years at the club and the statue’s sculptor, Sean Hedges-Quinn, will be in attendance. One of the most talented sculptors in the country, Sean has produced the statue. Sean has massive experience and amongst other statues is responsible for those commemorating Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey at Portman Road Stadium home of Ipswich Town, Ted Bates at St Mary's, Southampton and Bob Stokoe at the Stadium of Light Sunderland.
The statue project - the brainchild of the committee in August 2015 - has taken two years to complete due to the hard work of the committee, as well the collaborative efforts from across the city. This day would not have been possible without the generosity and support from Peterborough United Football Club, POSH fans all over the world, and local businesses.
The Chris Turner Statue Fund Committee, said: “We owe a massive debt of gratitude to supporters of the Chris Turner Statue Fund who have helped us make this dream become a reality. Chris Turner was integral in bringing the city together in his many years as a captain, manager and chairman of the football club and it has been overwhelming that the city has come back together to remember him.
“As a committee, we are continuing to work very hard, and are very excited for the unveiling day on 1 September on what we believe will be a truly momentous day for the city.”
Bob Symns, Chief Executive Officer at Peterborough United also commented: When the committee first formed following the Chris Turner Memorial Match between ourselves and Cambridge United in August 2015, little did we think that some eighteen months later that the incredible sum of over £100,000 would have been raised by the magnificent support of Lynne Turner, our supporters, sponsors and the football club, and the statue be unveiled.
“The work of the Committee has been unique and unprecedented, a disparate group of buccaneer characters led by our own Captain Jack Sparrow, the group has worked relentlessly with a diligence and passion that 'Turns' would have loved. Adventurous ideas, dogged determination and eloquent persuasion were the tools used by the committee in the search for funds and pledges with the reward for all and the city, being a stunning bronze statue of the legend that is Chris.”
We encourage all Posh fans to join us on what will be a momentous day for our football club.