Chance to remember VC hero Bill

THE granddaughter of a war hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross has joined councillors and Heanor history society in a bid to ensure her grandfather's name lives on in the town.

William Gregg was a Heanor man who was presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V for his gallantry.

He single-handedly cleared a German machine gun post whilst fighting on the Western Front in the 1914-18 war.

The town's swimming pool built in 1970/71 on land acquired by Heanor Urban District Council was originally named William Gregg VC baths, but when it expanded into a Leisure Centre, his name was reduced to only the swimming pool.

And now with the help of councillors, his granddaughter Lynne Gregg-Boot (50) of Hallington Drive, wants to see the leisure centre re-dedicated to her brave grandfather - the first British Soldier to be awarded all three principal awards - Victoria Cross, Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal.

Said Lynne: "The baths opened in 1970/71 with granddad's name on the front.

"He died in 1969 and the local authority wanted to commemorate something in his name.

"When it changed to a leisure centre the William Gregg Swimming baths disappeared, but the plaque with his name still remains inside.

"I'm concerned when the leisure centre is privatised, the plaque will also disappear with his name with it.

"I'm very proud of my grandad and the fact we have Gregg Avenue in Heanor named after him."

Amber Valley Borough council's press office spokeswoman Fiona Ireson said council staff and DC Leisure Management Limited - the company who will be managing the leisure centre under the PFI (Private Finance Initiative) are discussing the issue at the moment and it's expected that Amber Valley Borough Council Leader Coun Alan Cox will make an announcement at Wednesday evening's cabinet meeting.