Arthur Wint plaque: October 2012

Arthur Wint plaque

Date of Installation: October 2012
Plaque: Blue

Plaque Unveiling Itinenrary: Arthur Wint [1920 - 1992] Arthur Stanley Wint MBE, was Jamaica’s first Olympic Gold medallist, Jamaica’s second High Commissioner to the UK, a doctor at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and a Royal Air Force pilot during World War 2. For his extraordinary contribution, he was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. Arthur Wint was born in Plowden, Manchester, Jamaica, in 1920. He attended Calabar High School and Excelsior High School, where he excelled at Athletics and both the high jump and long jump. In 1942 he joined the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan and set the Canadian 400-metre record while training there. He was sent to Britain for active combat during World War II as a pilot but left the Royal Air Force in 1947 to attend St Bartholomew's Hospital as a medical student. In the 1948 London Games and the Helsinki Games in 1952, Wint was Jamaica's star athlete. He won the first Olympic gold medal for the 400 meters (46.2 seconds), beating his teammate Herb McKinley and was part of the historic team setting the world record while capturing the gold in the 4 × 400 metres relay. Wint ran his final race in 1953 at Wembley Stadium, finished his internship, and graduated as a doctor. In 1955 Wint returned to Jamaica, eventually settling in Hanover as the only resident doctor in the parish. In 1973 he was awarded the Jamaica honour of the Order of Distinction. From 1974 to 1978, he served as Jamaica's High Commissioner to Britain and ambassador to Sweden and Denmark. He was inducted in the Black Athlete's Hall of Fame in the US (1977), the Jamaica Sports Hall of Fame (1989) and the Central American & Caribbean Athletic Confederation Hall of Fame (2003). On Friday 19th October 2012, the NJCT honoured Arthur Wint with a blue plaque at his former home, 22 Philbeach Gardens, London. Arthur Wint’s daughter Valerie Wint read from her book The Longer Run: a daughter's story on the life of Arthur Wint at the launch, Her Excellency The High Commissioner of Jamaica Mrs Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and Mrs Anne Hobson were all in attendance to pay tribute to this great Jamaican son. Location: 22 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9DY 22 Philbeach Gardens, Earls Court, Lonondon, SW5 9DY
12:00:- Welcome - Jak
12:10:- Introduction Carol Chinara Enterprise
12:28:- Deputy Leader of the council (council tribute) 12:30:- Neil Flannigan (Veteran Jamaican WW2 RAF Pilot)
12:05:- Jamaica High Commissioner Her Excellency Aloun Dbete Assamba (Jamaica 50th Anniversary Tribute)
12:12:- Mayor and Mayoress (Civil Greeting)
12:18:- Valerie Wint (Main Tribute)
12:25:- Lord Higgins (Olympic Tribute)
12:32:- Barry Furness RAF Chairman of the South East & Eastern Area of the RAF Association
12:35:- Tony Warner (Founder of Black History Walks)
12:37:- Councillor Buxton (Earls Court Ward tribute)
12:40:- Neal Sampson (Philbeach Gardens Residents Assciation
12:42:- Dr Alison Wint (Family Tribute closing remarks)
12:45:- Valerie Wint and Dr Alison Wint unveil plaque
12:45-1:00pm Photo call Media interviews P1
Depart for Jamaica High Commission
Reception and Book Launch Itinerary
Jamaica High Commission, 1-2 Prince Consort Road, SW7 5BZ
13:30:- Refreshments and Networking
14:00:- Welcome - Jamaica High Commissioner Her Excellency Aloun Dbete Assamba
14:05:- Introduction Carol Chinara Enterprises
15:00:- 15:05:- Carol, Valerie and High Commissioner closing thanks15:05:- 16:00:- Valerie Wint (Book Signings) Photo call P2
16:00:- Close
Jak Beula | Head of Special Projects (0800 093 0400)
Nubian Jak Community Trust | Nu Merlin House | 122 - 126 High Road
14:07:- John Parlett (TV Archive Footage and exhibition display of Arthur Wint)
14:20:- Valerie Wint (Book Launch and Readings from book with Questions and Answers also Questions and answers from Dr Alison Wint)
14:45 - 15:00:- Valerie and Jak do Power 106 Interview live to Jamaica
14:45 - 14:50:- PKM and Calabar Tribute (with Dr Alison)
14:50 - 14:53:- Susan Allday (1952 Olympics recollections)
14:53 - 15:00:- Neil Allen and Mel Watkins (Joint tribute from Olympic Journalists) London | NW6 4HY | Telephone 020 7692 4880 | Fax 020 7692 4881
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On behalf of the Nubian Jak Community Trust, Chinara Enterprises Ltd and PKM Group; You are cordially invited as a guest of honour to the Arthur Wint memorial plaque unveiling and official reception where Arthur Wint’s daughter Valerie Wint will launch her book “The Longer Run “, a daughters story on the life of Arthur Wint as seen through his daughters eyes.
In the presence of Her Excellency The high Commissioner of Jamaica Mrs Aloun Ndombet-Assamba And Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Councillor Christopher Buckmaster and Mrs Anne Hobson The memorial Plaque will be unveiled at the former home of Arthur Wint on: Date: Friday 19th October 2012 at 12 noon. Venue: 22 Philbeach Gardens, London SW5 9DY
Reception and official book launch of “ The Longer Run “ Date: Friday 19th October 2012 at 2pm
Venue: The Jamaican High Commission
1-2 Prince Consort Road, South Kensington


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