Search to find Star competition winners who opened Sheffield leisure centre 40 years ago

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Sheffield’s Concord Sports Centre has launched a campaign to find a group of Star readers who officially opened the venue in 1975.

Concord, which is run by the charity, Sheffield City Trust, is searching for five readers as part of its 40th birthday celebrations.

The venue opened at a cost of £868,000 in November 1975 and, at the time, was Sheffield’s biggest sports centre.

Four teenage boys and two girls were chosen to open the venue through a Star competition.

Sports all-rounder Lynn Wade, of Earl Marshall Road; ice skater Dawn Peckett, from Gleadless; Malcolm Burnand, from Shiregreen, who was born with spina bifida but enjoyed a range of sports; weightlifter Jim Kitson, from Foxhill, cyclist Duncan Broomhead, from Woodseats and boxing fan Andrew Kershaw, from Shiregreen, were picked because of their sporting dedication, discipline and effort.

Dawn Peckett, is now an ice skating coach for iceSheffield, which is also part of the SCT group, but sport centre staff want to trace the rest.

They should email or call Rebecca Taylor on 0114 2233800.