Part of Guild Wheel named after cyclist

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PART of Preston’s Guild Wheel is to be named after the man who helped to devise the popular route.

Mike Atkins, from Ashton, Preston, was instrumental in the creation of the 21-mile long route and had been involved with the project to launch it from start to finish.

Tribute: The unveiling of The Mike Atkins Way and, below inset, Mr Atkins

Tribute: The unveiling of The Mike Atkins Way and, below inset, Mr Atkins

Mr Atkins, who was the secretary of the Guild Wheel project and had a keen interest in cycling died last year, aged 70.

Now part of the route has been called The Mike Atkins Way and signs marking out the section were unveiled on Friday, on the first anniversary of his death. His wife Kathleen said: “The idea emerged after Michael’s funeral. It has been bubbling along for about six months.

“This is all way beyond what Mike would have wanted. He shunned personal publicity.”

Mrs Atkins said a number of people had been involved in the idea.

Tribute: Mr Atkins

Tribute: Mr Atkins

The section named after Mr Atkins will run along the River Ribble through both Avenham and Miller Parks.

It will run from the Boulevard at the junction with Ashworth Grove through the parks to the end of the main line railway arch, near South Meadow Lane.

At the unveiling of The Mike Atkins Way people who knew Mr Atkins spoke for a few minutes each.

Chairman of the Guild Wheel Project Peter Ward said the naming was a ‘fitting tribute’ to Mr Atkins.

He said: “His help was invaluable. He was a very pleasant character and very easy going.

“There is no other section of the Guild Wheel that is named after anybody at all.

“But Mike was special and that is why we decided to do some form of tribute to him.”