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Dudley and Munich united in memory of Busby Babe Duncan Edwards

By David Cosgrove | Dudley | News | Published:

"Manchester, Munich and Dudley will forever be united."

Duncan Edwards is remembered as one of Dudley's best known sporting sons

That was the moving final tribute in a special book of remembrance for Black Country hero Duncan Edwards.

Rose Cook-Monk has handed the book over in the German city to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air crash today.

The tireless campaigner, from Dudley, who also made a film about Duncan's life, offered her own moving tribute to the legend on the last page of the book.

WATCH: Find out how Duncan Edwards is being remembered in Dudley

She wrote: "On behalf of the Duncan Edwards Foundation, our Mayor Councillor Dave Tyler and the people of Dudley, I am proud to hand over the book of remembrance dedicated to Duncan.

"We are immensely proud of Duncan, his achievements and the wonderful person he was.

"Manchester, Munich and Dudley will forever be united."

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People from all over the country have signed the book in honour of football legend Duncan.

MP Ian Austin, right, signed the remembrance book for Duncan Edwards, alongside the statue dedicated to him in Dudley town centre. Alongside side him is Rose Cook Monk who headed to Munich with the book

It was handed over as part of the poignant commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the air disaster in the German city.

Manchester United and England legend Duncan was one of eight players tragically died from injuries sustained in the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958.

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The hugely talented Dudley-born player died 15 days later on February 21, aged just 21.

Duncan Edwards

The book will be taken to Munich by Rose and Andy Monk, board members of the newly-formed Duncan Edwards Foundation.

They flew out on Sunday night with around 1,000 Manchester United supporters and visited two of the nurses who looked after Duncan at the time of the crash.

Rose said visiting the scene of the tragedy was an emotional moment.

Speaking to the Express & Star from Munich, she said: "I brought out the book on behalf of the town of Dudley. I was really honoured to do it and am honoured to be here.

"It was emotional to be there and see the departure lounge they all left from.

"I didn't want to come out without Dudley being mentioned so myself and the Mayor of Dudley Councillor Dave Tyler came up with the idea of the people of Dudley remembering Duncan."

The stricken plane following the crash in Munich

The response from Manchester United fans has also been overwhelming.

Rose said: "Everywhere you go there are Manchester United flags and people with English accents.

"People from Manchester regard Duncan as one of their own as well."

She said the importance of Duncan Edwards in Dudley would never be forgotten.

"Duncan was just an ordinary lad from a working-class background and went on to become the greatest player in the world - and they are not just my words, they are the words of people like Sir Bobby Charlton and Pele."

Duncan Edwards is remembered by Manchester United fans

They also witnessed the opening of a memorial garden on the airfield, which is now disused.

The book has been presented to the minister of the Church of St Peter near Manchesterplatz, a street near the airport named in honour of the club following the disaster.

It is now on public display there.

Manchester United fans paid tribute to the Busby Babes at Old Trafford on Saturday on what was an emotional day for the club.

Club legends including Sir Bobby Charlton, who survived the crash, and Sir Alex Ferguson, were in attendance.

David Cosgrove

By David Cosgrove
Chief Reporter - @davidcosgrove_

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