Alan Newton Way to be opened in honour of Olympic Games cyclist

Alan Newton will be at the opening of the Alan Newton cycle way
Alan Newton won Olympic bronze in 1952

A road named in honour of Stockport’s first Olympic medallist will be opened this weekend.

Stockport residents are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Alan Newton Way, the new cycle route starting near Marple Hall High school and going all the way to Bredbury.

Track cyclist Alan was the first person born and bred in Stockport to win an Olympic medal, a bronze in the men’s 4,000m team pursuit at the 1952 Games in Helsinki.

When Alan was 15, Alan joined the Stockport Road Club, becoming club track champion in 1949 and again in 1950.

Alan also competed in the World Championship in Paris in 1952 in the individual pursuit, coming 4th in the competition.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are very proud to recognise Alan’s achievements and contribution to cycling in Stockport through the Alan Newton Way.

“The council is committed to providing safe cycle routes that can be used by everyone and which provide an environmentally friendly alternative to car usage.”

The ceremony will begin at 2pm on Saturday, July 2, at the end of Hilltop Drive in Marple.

Alan Newton, together with the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Chris Gordon, will be in attendance, as well as councillors from the 11 wards which contributed to this project.