Hero Bernard joins clubs in tribute to Jo

Hero Bernard joins clubs in tribute to Jo

HERO pensioner Bernard Kenny laid a sunflower in tribute to Jo Cox MP – the woman whose life he tried to save.

Bernard, 78, made the gesture in a service at the Heavy Woollen rugby derby between Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams last Sunday.

He was guest of honour at Mount Pleasant along with son Philip and grandson George.

Also present were MPs Paula Sherriff (Lab, Dewsbury and Mirfield), Greg Mulholland and Marie Rimmer.

Other dignitaries included Coun Gwen Lowe (Lab, Batley West) and RFL chief executive Nigel Wood.

Before kick-off the Kenny family and others laid sunflowers, a favourite of Mrs Cox, on the centre of the pitch.

Bernard was badly hurt when he intervened in an attack on her near Birstall Library on June 16.

The Bulldogs donated all proceeds from the match programme to the Jo Cox Memorial Fund. During a minute’s silence, fans held aloft the match programme, which had an image of Mrs Cox on the front.

Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas said: “We hope we can all come together and demonstrate how proud we are of one of our own in Jo Cox and also the pride we have for the bravery of local man Bernard Kenny.

“It is a very sad occasion but we also wish to highlight the joy and goodness she brought to our community.”

Photo: Steve Horsfall

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