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Popular former Mayor has Bilston street named in his memory

A popular former City of Wolverhampton Mayor and Bradley and Bilston councillor has had one of the town's streets named in his memory.

(L-R): Cllr Val Gibson, Cllr Stephen Simkins, Deputy Mayoress of Wolverhampton Elaine Hadley-Howell, Bert’s grandchildren Adam and Amy Shermer, Bert’s son-in-law Andy Shermer and Bert’s daughter Lynne Shermer, Cllr Andrew Johnson, Deputy Mayor of Wolverha
The new Bert Turner Boulevard sign

Bert Turner in his days as Mayor of Wolverhampton
Bert Turner in his days as Mayor

Bilston High Street pedestrian and cycle link, which runs from the High Street to Nettlefolds Way, will now be known as Bert Turner Boulevard.

Bert was City of Wolverhampton Mayor in 2011/12 - raising more than £55,000 for charity - and served as a councillor for a quarter of a century.

He sadly passed away in October 2015, aged 78.

His widow, Kath, and family again paid tribute to him on Valentine's Day this week as they stood alongside local ward councillors and Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page, to unveil the first of the 6 signs bearing Bert's name.

Kath said: "I'd like to thank the council for giving Bert this honour.

"He always worked hard for the people of Bradley and Bilston.

"As he used to say, this is his patch, and he would have been proud to have part of it named after him."

Bert was a tireless campaigner, who fought to save Bilston Steelworks, and a long standing school governor.

He was also the brother of Dennis Turner, who went on to be MP for Wolverhampton South East and later Lord Bilston before his passing in 2014.

Dennis also has a nearby Bilston street named after him - Dennis Turner Close.

Bilston East ward councillor Stephen Simkins, who put forward the idea of naming the link after Bert, added: "Bert mentored me really closely and I'm delighted he has been honoured in this way.

"Bert's work helped join the communities of Bradley and Bilston together and it is fitting that Bert Turner Boulevard links Bradley and Bilston.

"Bert is one of the famous sons of Bilston and we must also remember the work of his brother, Dennis.

"It is also fitting that Bert Turner Boulevard sits alongside Bilston Urban Village, WV Active Bilston Leisure Centre and the Academy school, as Bert was a key driving force in all of them happening."

The Bilston High Street pedestrian and cycle link was created after the council acquired and demolished 7 derelict properties, improved the ground conditions and dealt with shallow coal workings.

It opened in May last year and links the High Street to the Bert Williams Leisure Centre and South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy, through to Bilston Urban Village.

In addition to a wide path through the centre, Bert Turner Boulevard benefits from grassed areas and shrubs. The design also enables the open space to be used for events in the town.

  • released: Thursday 15 February, 2018