Legendary film producer Lord Puttnam has been presented with a special gift during his visit to Lichfield.
He was in the city to present the inaugral Lichfield Lecture before being presented with a cutlery set by the founder of the Lichfield Cathedral Dash.
A scene in Lord Puttnam’s Chariots of Fire, a race around The Quadrangle at Trinity College, Cambridge, was the inspiration for sportsman Kevin Wilson to create the a 430metre race around the Cathedral in the time it takes for the bells to chime 12noon.
The Dash, now in its 13th year, and which takes place on Saturday (July 16), is one of the UK’s most unusual sporting events and Kevin asked Simon Price from Arthur Price of England to produce a gift to commemorate the film producer’s visit to the city.
Celebrating the corinthian spirit of all athletes past and present, the 85 piece set of cutlery is called Flame. It’s made in stainless steel with a brushed finish, and has 24-carat gold Olympic flame design to all its handles and comes in a black military-style four drawer high chest with a special commemorative plaque.
“I think its fate that Kevin met Lord Puttnam to present a gift, made by a local Lichfield firm, which is inspired by the Olympics. When Kevin approached me, I immediately knew that the Flame collection was only item I wanted him to present.
“This is the perfect gift to celebrate Chariots of Fire, the Dash and all its participants throughout the last 13 years and hopefully many more to come.”
“To meet Lord Putnam was a dream come true. It was an honour and a privilege to meet him. I told him about how the film inspired me to create the Dash and that it had been staged in various places across the UK. He delivered an excellent Lichfield Lecture – it was inspiring – it was one of the proudest moments of my life.
“I’d like to thank Simon Price for his generous gift to Lord Puttnam. His generosity has amazed all involved and is a perfect reminder for Lord Puttnam of his contribution to making the Lichfield Cathedral Dash such a special event.”
The UK’s most unique sprint will this year again be supported by Salts Techstep. For more information on the Lichfield Cathedral Dash visit www.kpevents.net.