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Kevin Wilson, Lord Puttnam, Paul Griffin & Simon Price (click to enlarge)

Lord Puttnam receives a magnificent Arthur Price cutlery gift set and also thanks for the inspiration for The Lichfield Cathedral Dash.

Lord Puttnam visited the city today (Monday 11th July) to present the inaugural Lichfield Lecture. The Chariots of Fire producer also received a presentation from Kevin Wilson who was inspired by the Labour Peer’s work.

A scene in Chariots of Fire, a race around The Quadrangle at Trinity College, Cambridge was the inspiration for Kevin to create the Lichfield Cathedral Dash – a 430m race around the Cathedral in the time it takes for the bells to chime 12 noon.

The Dash, now in its 13th year, and which this year takes place on Saturday 16th July, is one of the UK’s most unusual sporting events and when Kevin heard of Lord Puttnam’s visit he arranged to meet the man who inspired him, and asked Simon Price, Chief Executive of local firm Arthur Price cutlery to produce a magnificent gift to commemorate his visit to the city.

Celebrating the corinthian spirit of all athletes past and present, the 85 piece set of cutlery is called Flame. It’s made in stainless steel with a brushed finish, and has a 24-carat gold Olympic flame design on all its handles and comes in a black military-style four drawer high chest with a special commemorative plaque.

Simon Price said: “I think its fate that Kevin is meeting Lord Puttnam to present a gift, made by a local Lichfield firm, which is inspired by the Olympics. When Kevin approached me, I immediately knew that the Flame collection was the item I wanted him to present. This is the perfect gift to celebrate Chariots of Fire, the Dash and all its participants throughout the last thirteen years and hopefully many more to come.”

Kevin Wilson, founder of the Dash said: “To meet Lord Putnam was a dream come true. It was an honour and a privilege to meet him. I told him about how the film inspired me to create the Dash and that it had been staged in various places across the UK. He delivered an excellent Lichfield Lecture and then to sit in his company, whilst watching Chariots of Fire, is one of the proudest moments of my life.

I’d also like to thank Simon Price for his generous gift to Lord Puttnam. His generosity has amazed all involved and is a perfect reminder for Lord Puttnam of his contribution to making the Lichfield Cathedral Dash such a special event.”

The UK’s most unique sprint will this year again be supported by another unique firm Salts Techstep. Techstep is a division of Birmingham-based Salt’s Healthcare, which dates back to 1701.

Salts Techstep design and manufacture orthotic products and the ‘Techstep Education & Research Centre’ is the UK’s first ‘foot clinic’, purpose built ‘solely’ for the understanding, development and support of the human foot!

The beneficiary of all proceeds, as per previous years, will be St Giles Hospice in Whittington, near Lichfield, plus for 2011 the ‘We Love Lichfield’ community fund.