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We Want Wimbledon - Show of Passion at City Hall

GBGB Chief Executive, Barry Faulkner said today:

“The potential loss of greyhound racing at Wimbledon Stadium is of great concern to the Board of Directors and the Executive team at GBGB. If the stadium is to be lost to development, ramifications would be felt throughout the British and Irish greyhound racing industries.

“We appreciated the opportunity to meet with Diane McLean of the We Want Wimbledon (WWW) group in early 2013 when plans to retain greyhound racing at Plough Lane were presented and the activities of the campaign were discussed.

“At that meeting, I explained that GBGB is fully supportive of greyhound racing continuing at Plough Lane provided that an appropriate financial structure was in place and due regard was paid to licensing and regulatory requirements. In such circumstances a greyhound stadium in Wimbledon could continue to operate as a commercially viable, profitable and sustainable business which would be beneficial to the local area and the wider greyhound racing industry.

“I wrote to both the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Councillor Stephen Alambritis, leader of Merton Council, outlining GBGB’s position and hosted the All Party Parliamentary Greyhound Group for an evening at Romford Stadium in November when Mr Alambritis accompanied us as a guest.

“I will be present at the ‘Show of Passion’ at City Hall with members of my Executive team and GBGB’s Veterinary Director, Simon Gower, will also be in attendance to oversee the welfare of the greyhounds present.

“I know how deeply passionate supporters of greyhound racing are, on both sides of the Irish Sea and I look forward to seeing a big turnout at the peaceful gathering on Monday 17th February.”

ENDS

For further information contact:

James McCreadie
GBGB Press Officer
07506569021 / james.mccreadie@gbgb.org.uk