Much loved Harlow greyhound man wins special award

Communities / Mon 19th Jan 2015 at 04:37pm

Peter DangerfieldTHE passing of Peter Dangerfield last year led to a campaign within the world of greyhound racing to try and recognise the effort and amount of work that the Harlow man put into the sport.

At the end of each year the sport has a ceremony to award the “Best in the Business”. Along with the four legged superstars, the two legged handlers can also receive an award for the top kennel hand of the year. This is the person that has done the most for the sport and it’s four legged companions.

After a Facebook page creation by Danny Martin, it’s followers took it upon themselves to make sure that Peter was recognised for this award.

The family spoke today of their happiness that the Greyhound Board of Great Britain had awarded a posthumous prize to Peter.

His wife Patricia said

“Pete was always very focused on the job he did and loved the work. Everyone called him “Grandad” and looked up to him for moral support and guidance at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium.

“We are aware he’s sadly missed by so many.”

Peter, from Berecroft, sadly passed away in October last year after a short illness but had been at Ernie Gaskins kennels in Nazeing for over 14 years. He also was a major part of Harlow and District dog training club for many years.

His son Lee Dangerfield went on to say: “Dad was 78 when he passed away and was working up to the day he was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly Dad’s life was cut short after only seven weeks but he really put every effort into everything he did up until that time”

“Dad was loved by everyone and was a popular figure at the track although he was never in for awards he deserved this for the work and dedication he put into the sport.

“We as a family are so happy he has won this from some very tough competition which included every kennelhand up and down the country.

“Dad has gone one better than me as I was second last year but this is truly deserved and we are so proud of him.

“We would like to say a special thank you to Coral Romford and Harlow dog stadiums for all the work they did to commentate dad’s life after He passed away and are truly thankful”

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