THE Mayor of Solihull met a local Olympic cycling hero, and a New Year’s Honours List recipient, to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Mayor, Councillor Irene Chamberlain, met 91-year-old Knowle resident, Tommy Godwin, who won two bronze medals in the 1948 London Games, and managed the British cycling team, at the 1964 Games in Tokyo.
Tommy will be returning to the London Olympics this summer, this time as one of 8,000 torch bearers to carry the Olympic flame, and was also recentlyinducted into the BBC Midlands Sport Hall of Fame.
“Tommy is a real sporting hero, and it was fascinating to hear about his medal-winning exploits the last time the Olympics were in London,” said Coun Chamberlain.
“He also brought along his medals, which was an added treat!”
The Mayor also met Leslie Mosley, from Shirley, who is visiting Buckingham Palace later this month to collect his MBE for services to disabled people.
“He received the prestigious accolade in recognition of his 30 years service to Forward 4 Work, a company that assesses the skills and abilities of people with disabilities to help them find their perfect job.
“It was a real privilege to meet these two special residents,” the Mayor added.
“Les dedicated his working life to helping disabled people into employment, and I truly admire and respect him for the difference he has made to so many people. He thoroughly deserves his MBE.”