Olympians rewarded by bookshop owner

Celebrating Achievement: David Mitchell of Scarthin Books in Cromford is hoping to launch the Pewter Olympic medal to be awarded to athletes who finish fourth.

Celebrating Achievement: David Mitchell of Scarthin Books in Cromford is hoping to launch the Pewter Olympic medal to be awarded to athletes who finish fourth.

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An eccentric bookshop owners has decided to take matters into his own hands to ensure sports men and women are given the recognition they deserve.

David Mitchell, who owns Scarthin Books, in Cromford, has used his own money to create and send fourth place pewter medals for Olympic contestants who just missed out on bronze.

The unusual move follows a four year campaign by David, targetting both pewter manufacturers and the Olympic organising committee.

He said: “Four years ago at the Beijing Olympics and I thought this is ridiculous there are now three times as many athletes as there were at the London Olympics 1948, and twice the number of countries taking part.

“It just seemed inadequte to just give three medals.

“Surely at least the top four should get them.”

Having had his campaign ignored by top Olympic bods and pewterers, David forged ahead with plan, commissioning Hellison Trophies, in Matlock Green, to order the medals and have them inscribed with the name of each athlete and the event in which they competed.”

The medals have cost David £10 each to make and he plans to send out a total of 20 to selected athletes he feels deserve recognition for their sporting efforts.

He has already sent medals out to Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield, who competed in synchronised diving, as well as contestants from far flung places such as Taiwan, America and Brazil.

David is enjoying watching the Olympics, being a fan of sports in general.

“It’s a great treat to have the Olympics in our country,” he said.

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