Distinctive manhole cover goes on display at AFC Bournemouth stadium

Cllr Jeanne Curtis in 1984 with, from left, Bob Lelliott, Fred Cur tis, football legend George Best, Cherries’ manager Harry Redknapp and Barry Kerslake, of the Vice Presidents Club

Fred Curtis with 2014 manager Eddie Howe

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THE most distinctive manhole cover in town has gone on display at AFC Bournemouth’s Dean Court Stadium.

The unusual souvenir was presented 30 years ago to Bournemouth’s then-mayor, Jeanne Curtis, in recognition of her support for the Cherries.

Now her husband Fred has returned it to the club, where it will be on display.

It was originally presented to Jeanne at the mayor’s banquet and ball in 1984 by a gathering including Cherries’ then- manager Harry Redknapp and superstar George Best.

The manhole was inscribed to Jeanne by the Vice Presidents Club of AFC Bournemouth, a social club which supported the team. Jeanne has since died.

Barry Kerslake, who was a member of the Vice Presidents Club, said the idea originated at a social evening when members took turns in standing on a rusty manhole cover to tell a joke. Builder Dave Smith had it cleaned and painted for Jeanne.

Jeanne’s year as mayor coincided with the Cherries’ 2-0 defeat of Manchester United in the FA Cup. Afterwards, she welcomed the squad to a reception at the mayor’s parlour.

The cover is currently being displayed in the Family Stand's concourse.

However, the club is looking to move it to the reception area very soon.

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5:49pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Jeanne Curtis now there was councillor who had the town at heart if only we had more like her in office now
Rather ironic the manhole as Jeanne used to tell how she used to go around as young girl with her father when he was overseeing the laying of the main drains around the town when he worked for Grounds and Newton.
Jeanne Curtis now there was councillor who had the town at heart if only we had more like her in office now Rather ironic the manhole as Jeanne used to tell how she used to go around as young girl with her father when he was overseeing the laying of the main drains around the town when he worked for Grounds and Newton. Lord Spring
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9:49am Thu 10 Apr 14

pete woodley says...

Jean was great,hope Fred is ok.
Jean was great,hope Fred is ok. pete woodley
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10:23am Sat 26 Apr 14

Lord Spring says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Jeanne Curtis now there was councillor who had the town at heart if only we had more like her in office now
Rather ironic the manhole as Jeanne used to tell how she used to go around as young girl with her father when he was overseeing the laying of the main drains around the town when he worked for Grounds and Newton.
May have been her Grrandfather as her father died in Japanense hands Singapore
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Jeanne Curtis now there was councillor who had the town at heart if only we had more like her in office now Rather ironic the manhole as Jeanne used to tell how she used to go around as young girl with her father when he was overseeing the laying of the main drains around the town when he worked for Grounds and Newton.[/p][/quote]May have been her Grrandfather as her father died in Japanense hands Singapore Lord Spring
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