Saints Way bridge to be renamed in Steve Prescott's honour

Steve Prescott

Steve Prescott

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THE Saints Way bridge, which links the town centre to Langtree Park, is to be renamed after Steve Prescott in honour of the St Helens hero.

The tribute follows the death of Steve at the age of 39 last November, which led to an outpouring of grief.

Over seven years he fought a colossal battle with the rare abdominal cancer pseudomyxoma peritonei and inspired thousands with his momentous fundraising exploits.

Renaming the crossing the Steve Prescott Bridge, follows calls from the public to mark the ex-Saints full back’s contribution to life in his hometown and rugby league.

St Helens Council, Saints and the Steve Prescott Foundation took the decision after holding talks. Mike Denning, chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, added: “This is very fitting for a real life hero and sporting icon born here in our town.

“Steve has inspired so many and has raised awareness of not only the very rare form of cancer which he battled but also the plight of those injured or fallen on hard times in the great game of rugby league. "

Mike Rush, Saints chief executive, who brought Steve back to the club to assist the coaching of Saints youngsters, said “it is only fitting that one of St Helens' greatest sons has such an honour bestowed on him”.

He added: “We are delighted that St Helens Council has taken this decision.

"Steve will be missed by us all and the club will also make sure he has a fitting legacy at Langtree Park. We will start that process when Saints take on Hull FC in February."

An official opening of the newly named bridge will take place at a later date.

St Helens Council leader Barrie Grunewald, who announced the honour on Wednesday, said: “Steve was a first class ambassador not only for rugby but for the town.

“As well as being a legend of the game he is also honoured for his tireless fundraising for his Steve Prescott Foundation.

“By naming the bridge after him is our tribute to one of the greats of St Helens and a most well deserved honour, all the more so that the bridge links the town Steve loved so much to his beloved club.”

   

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10:21am Wed 15 Jan 14

othervictim says...

Why not Tesco Way, I think more people use the bridge to go Tesco seven days a week than go to Saints twenty times a year, Tesco brought jobs to the town and without Tesco there may not have been the stadium.
Why not Tesco Way, I think more people use the bridge to go Tesco seven days a week than go to Saints twenty times a year, Tesco brought jobs to the town and without Tesco there may not have been the stadium. othervictim
  • Score: -31

11:27am Wed 15 Jan 14

mattmxl says...

But Steve was a rugby league playing philanthropist. That's all you need to be in this town!
But Steve was a rugby league playing philanthropist. That's all you need to be in this town! mattmxl
  • Score: -22

12:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

kjd161 says...

Well done to all concerned. A fitting tribute to a courageous son of St Helens.
Well done to all concerned. A fitting tribute to a courageous son of St Helens. kjd161
  • Score: 21

2:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mumnan says...

Steve did so much for so many he fought his personal battle whilst raising funds to help others he should have a tribute paid to him by his home town
Steve did so much for so many he fought his personal battle whilst raising funds to help others he should have a tribute paid to him by his home town mumnan
  • Score: 15

6:19pm Wed 15 Jan 14

frankly says...

excellent.. true hero
excellent.. true hero frankly
  • Score: 12

8:13pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jimstevo says...

I will treat the first two posts with the contempt that they deserve! Why does St Helens have so many miserable and disrespectful idiots like these?
Steve Prescott could just sat back and felt sorry for himself ,following the shocking news of his terminal Illness but no he went out and raised money for Charity to help others and has been an inspiration not just to this Town but the whole Country!
The challenges he did would have been impossible for most of us even to attempt but he kept going for as long as he could!
If anyone ever deserved something naming after him ,Steve Prescott is that Man! RIP Steve (A True Hero!)
I will treat the first two posts with the contempt that they deserve! Why does St Helens have so many miserable and disrespectful idiots like these? Steve Prescott could just sat back and felt sorry for himself ,following the shocking news of his terminal Illness but no he went out and raised money for Charity to help others and has been an inspiration not just to this Town but the whole Country! The challenges he did would have been impossible for most of us even to attempt but he kept going for as long as he could! If anyone ever deserved something naming after him ,Steve Prescott is that Man! RIP Steve (A True Hero!) jimstevo
  • Score: 8

10:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

keepitreel says...

a nice gesture to a great man,but i would have liked a bigger gesture than a bridge no one uses,we could have renamed the new dual carriage way that leads towards the ground the STEVE PRESCOTT WAY or better still rip LANGTREES name of the ground and from the road signs and call the ground the STEVE PRESCOTT STADIUM.
a nice gesture to a great man,but i would have liked a bigger gesture than a bridge no one uses,we could have renamed the new dual carriage way that leads towards the ground the STEVE PRESCOTT WAY or better still rip LANGTREES name of the ground and from the road signs and call the ground the STEVE PRESCOTT STADIUM. keepitreel
  • Score: 4

8:17am Fri 17 Jan 14

saintsfan says...

I think the naming of the bridge is a great idea because it links the two areas of this town where Steve was most influential: on the rugby pitch and in the community, not just in his fundraising but also in the way he started things up for St Helens itself like the 10k run, the Taylor Park Challenge and the Pride of St Helens awards. I hope all three continue now that he has gone, and grow into regular events in the town's calendar.

Well done to Saints and the Council for a great gesture. I'm sure Steve's family will be proud of this.
I think the naming of the bridge is a great idea because it links the two areas of this town where Steve was most influential: on the rugby pitch and in the community, not just in his fundraising but also in the way he started things up for St Helens itself like the 10k run, the Taylor Park Challenge and the Pride of St Helens awards. I hope all three continue now that he has gone, and grow into regular events in the town's calendar. Well done to Saints and the Council for a great gesture. I'm sure Steve's family will be proud of this. saintsfan
  • Score: 8

4:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

sherlock1 says...

I can't belive people are complaining about this you really are a dissgrace
I can't belive people are complaining about this you really are a dissgrace sherlock1
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

kjd161 says...

sherlock1 wrote:
I can't belive people are complaining about this you really are a dissgrace
Spot on. They are.
[quote][p][bold]sherlock1[/bold] wrote: I can't belive people are complaining about this you really are a dissgrace[/p][/quote]Spot on. They are. kjd161
  • Score: 3

9:56am Tue 21 Jan 14

fr33domtospeak says...

hardly a fitting tribute
hardly a fitting tribute fr33domtospeak
  • Score: 0

5:18pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sankey says...

I think It's a good idea people walk from the town centre across that bridge to the ground
I think It's a good idea people walk from the town centre across that bridge to the ground Sankey
  • Score: 0

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