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A blue plaque commemorating Gordon Pirie’s athletic achievements was unveiled on 17th October  on the Old Comrade’s wall near to the entrance of the South London Harriers  Club for whom Gordon ran.  The plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Croydon, Ralph Dunkley, who is also mentioned on the plaque and ran with Gordon in the 4 x 1500 relay world record team  and Gordon’s nephew Andrew Munday.  Ralph is a local Purley resident.  Gordon was a local man who grew up in Coulsdon and attended Purley Grammar School, developing his skills by running across Farthing Downs and taking part in school athletics beating older competitors.  He won silver in the 1956 Olympics, broke 5 world record and once broke the 4 minute mile.

After the unveiling ceremony we went into the Old Comrades Club for speeches and refreshments

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