A PUBLIC consultation is underway to name the new pitch at Melvin after the late Felix McCrossan.
Taking the form of an online survey, the consultation will ask the public to vote yes or no in favour of the naming the new Strabane facilities in memory of Mr McCrossan, a leading local sports figure who passed away after a long illness in 2013.
Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council recently voted in favour new name for £1.4m multi-sport 3G facility, and the idea is now being put to the public.
Independent councillor Paul Gallagher is hoping the proposal is met gets the backing of the public.
“Council approved this and now it has gone to consultation,” he said. “I’m hoping it’ll get the support it deserves. After the consultation it’ll go back to council in September and hopefully we can have an official opening shortly after that. It will be a fitting legacy.
“When it was shared on social media that this was happening, it received an overwhelmingly positive response from people. Felix was a great man. He worked tirelessly for the people of Strabane, he was a great ambassador for sport and he was a great union man.”
SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan is also in favour of renaming the pitch after the late sports figure.
“Felix was widely respected and well known in Strabane,” he said. “He made a huge contribution to sports and Strabane in general and to have the pitch named after him would be a fitting tribute.
“I trust, without any doubt, that the people of Strabane will vote to name this pitch after one of its greatest sons, Felix McCrossan.”
Another person who considers Cllr Gallagher’s proposal as particularly apt is Mr McCrossan’s widow, Carmel.
She said, “I just thought how lovely it would be for him to be remembered in this way. Being his sidekick I know what he put into sport.”
Posted: 9:00 am June 30, 2018