Ledley King has been immortalised in steel by a new public artwork in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets, alongside Sylvia Pankhurst and a canal towpath horse as part of charity Sustrans’ portrait bench initiative.
The characters were all chosen by the local community, and are part of a national project which is adorning new sections of Sustrans’ National Cycle Network in communities across the UK.
Ledley was born just a short distance away from the park in Bow, and was joined by representatives from the Sylvia Pankhurst Trust and British Waterways, as well as Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, in unveiling the portrait bench.
He said: “To be recognised for any achievement is always a privilege and is especially welcome when it is something determined by the people of the area from which you were born. I’m proud of my roots in East London and I have fond memories of playing football there as a youngster. I hope the bench will contribute to the overall improvement of the area in which it is situated.”
The bench is situated in Mile End Park alongside the new Meath Bridge which, having been installed in 2009, is already making a major difference to how people make their everyday journeys in the Borough.
The Big Lottery Fund awarded Sustrans £50million in 2007 for a series of new everyday walking and cycling routes in communities across the UK.