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Petition To Name Local School After Jimmy Armfield

Posted: Mon 09 Jan 2017

Campaign To Recognise Club Legend's Contribution To Town and Community

A petition has been raised by former Blackpool Mayor Robert Wynne to name a new Blackpool school after Jimmy Armfield CBE. 

The school, on the site of the old Arnold School in South Shore, is due to open in 2018 and the current proposal is to name it The Avenue Academy. 

However, Robert Wynne is leading a campaign to recognise Jimmy Armfield's contribution to the town and community by naming the school 'The Armfield Academy'.  

Armfield, the only living Freeman of the Borough of Blackpool, was a distinguished pupil of the former school and has worked tirelessly in education, welfare and for various charitable causes. 

He is a President for Trinity Hospice and Age UK, Blackpool, an Altogether Now ambassador for mental health and wellbeing, and Chairman of the Lancashire Partnership against Crime. 

Capped 43 times for England during his playing career, Armfield is Blackpool Football Club's record appearance holder who has a statue and a stand in his name at Bloomfield Road. 

He continues to live in South Shore and remains an inspirational figure for people in the town. 

To support and sign the petition to name the new school 'The Armfield Academy', please click here