Flamborough man meets Olympic heroes

Billy Dove with Olympic hero Mo Farah.
Billy Dove with Olympic hero Mo Farah.

A FLAMBOROUGH native who is the chairman of a major London charity met some of the stars of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games at a special reception in the capital.

Flamborough-born Billy Dove MBE, chairman of the City Bridge Trust, one of London’s most important grant givers, met Olympic champions including Mo Farah and Tom Daley shortly before the athletes’ victory parade through central London in September.

He recently spent a five-week holiday in Flamborough, but returned to London to attend the athletes’ reception at the Great Hall at Guildhall, and watch the parade through the streets of London.

Previously Billy had met Ade Adepitan MBE, wheelchair basketball champion, at a 2011 reception at Downing Street. Adepitan went on to co-present the Games’ coverage on Channel Four with Clare Balding.

Mr Dove, 72, was educated at the village school in Flamborough and then at Bridlington Grammar School, before heading to London for teacher training and a career in education.

He is now an elected councillor for the influential City of London Corporation - the ‘local authority’ that runs the Square Mile business district around St Paul’s - and has chaired its City Bridge Trust charity for the last two years.

He said: “2012 is one of the most important years in recent UK history and I feel honoured to serve as the chairman of the City of London’s major charity at this time. Frankly, it’s the apex of my career.”