A SHEFFIELD businessman is offering an unusual homecoming gift to Yorkshire’s Olympic champions.
Peter Bullock, a shoemaker from Sheffield, has made pairs of bronze, silver, and gold lady’s shoes for the county’s athletes as they return home from the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He had already placed the bronze and silver brogues in his shop window in Sheffield city centre, when a regular customer suggested he make a gold pair to complete the set.
He and his team worked through the night to craft the shoes from gold coloured leather and Peter said he was hoping to be able to give them to Sheffield golden girl Jessica Ennis.
“I’m absolutely chomping at the bit to give these shoes away to our athletes because I’ve just been so inspired by them,” he said.
Peter said he had a gift for guessing people’s shoe sizesfrom a single glance and he said he was right most of the time.
And he told The Star he has plans for the shoes if they do not fit Jess’s heptathlon-winning feet.
“If the shoes don’t fit or if Jess doesn’t like them, I suggest she signs them so we can auction them for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Sheffield,” he said.
The charity – a care home that supports children with a shortened life expectancy – is close to where Peter was born in North Anston.
Peter, aged 52, who is a married father of three girls, now lives in Woodseats.
He owns Peter’s Shoes on the High Street in Sheffield city centre and sells shoes and does repairs.
The shoemaker said: “I’ve also made these shoes to thank the athletes for showing my daughters what it’s possible to achieve.”