ENGLAND goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks returned to his South Yorkshire roots to launch a housing development which has been named in his honour.
The 1966 World Cup winning hero, who grew up in Tinsley then Catcliffe, kicked off marketing of The Banks, a development at the new Waverley township between Rotherham and Sheffield.
The site is where Banks once worked as a coal bagger after leaving school, when he also played in local colliery football before being offered an apprenticeship by Chesterfield FC.
Developers Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire, Barratt Homes and Harron Homes said they were ‘delighted’ that the footballing great had agreed to attend.
The Banks will feature two, three, four and five-bedroom properties in contemporary surroundings.
The housebuilders are set to complete a joint launch early this summer, with the first phase unveiling 250 new homes built by the three developers. A second phase is expected to begin in 2014.
Ann Bagshaw, Taylor Wimpey Yorkshire’s regional sales and marketing manager, said: “We were delighted Mr Banks agreed to have the development named after him and was able to be our guest at the launch.
“We are working to deliver an exciting new community and have already received a flurry of interest which we are expecting to grow as the local community witnesses the development coming to life.”
The overall Waverley project, on the former Orgreave coal mine and coke works, will include several thousand new homes.
Its development is set to create more than 7,000 new jobs, it will also feature shops, restaurants, schools, leisure facilities, health and community centres and parks.
Mr Banks has previously been honoured by becoming the first ‘local legend’ given a bronze star on Sheffield’s Walk of Fame, in 2006.