Wind Unveils Fred Perry Plaque
The wind was the gust of honour to unveil a plaque to tennis player Fred Perry.
The plaque was due to be unveiled in a ceremony at the great tennis player’s former club in Ealing, but a gust of wind pulled the flag from the sign minutes before the cord could be pulled.
Ealing Mayor John Gallagher and Roger Draper, chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), were supposed to be doing the honour during the event at Brentham Club, in Meadvale Road. The plaque is one of a series of events to mark the club’s 100th anniversary.
Fred Perry, the three-time Wimbledon champion and the last British player to win the tournament in 1936, began his career at the Brentham Club.
Brentham Club Secretary Colin Hearn, said: “We’re very proud of the fact that Britain’s greatest tennis player started his career at our club and it’s a tradition which has carried on. He started playing with us aged nine and Roger Draper said he thought it was fantastic children about the same age and younger play here. If you’re going to be a top tennis player you have to start young.”
The Ealing Civic Society said more plaques may be put up in the future to honour former English cricket captain Mike Brearley and England and premier league footballer Peter Crouch, who both played at the club.
It has also gained approval for an English Heritage plaque to be put up at Fred Perry’s former home in Pitshanger Lane.