Paxton honours past and present Olympic athletes

Paxton Tree planting with Eric Liddell
Paxton Tree planting with Eric Liddell

On behalf of Paxton Village Enhancement Group a copper beech tree was planted in the village to commemorate the very successful 2012 London Olympic/Paralympic Games and beside it a plaque was unveiled by two nieces of 1924 Olympic gold medallist Eric Liddell to honour and remember him. The tree and plaque were blessed by Rev Bill Landale (pictured: Dr James Mitchell, Joan Nichol, Sue Caton and Rev Bill Landale).

Paxton Village Enhancement Group was formed only a few years ago with the aim of improving the village by planting flowers and shrubs. It proved so successful that Paxton went on to win several awards in the Floral Gateway competition.

The tree planting ceremony was a double celebration - to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games and to honour Eric Liddell, who was of Paxton descent - his mother was born in the village. Liddell won gold and bronze medals at the 1924 Paris Olympics, and may well have won more had he been prepared to compete on a Sunday. He was known as the Flying Scotsman and the Oscar winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’ was based on his life and achievements.