Meet Gordon Banks - the lamb

Everyone at Trentham Gardens was really saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Banks. He was a regular visitor and we loved seeing his smiling face walking around the lake and gardens. We know he'll be missed by staff and visitors alike who were in awe of this humble legend.

When the first lamb of the year was born, the staff insisted that we named him after Gordon Banks, and he’s living up to his namesake, by being very agile and full of energy! It’s the grazier’s intention to keep “Banksy” for breeding future generations of Jacobs, and he’ll go on to live here at The Trentham Estate, either in North Park or Monument Hill.

Many visitors have asked if we’ll be doing something to commemorate Gordon. He was a great ambassador for The Altzheimer’s Society and we’re currently in talks with them to potentially host a memory walk here, so fans can follow in the footsteps of this legend, on his usual Tuesday lakeside walk. Other ideas include renaming the banks of Trentham Lake, “Gordon Banks”. We are open to suggestions and will liaise with our visitors and his family, friends and former teammates.

Gordon Banks the lamb

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Notes to editors:
The Trentham Estate, on the edge of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, offers one of the UK’s most diverse days out with a range of leisure activities for all ages.

It is one of the country’s top leisure destinations, attracting more than 3.2m visitors per year and was awarded a Gold Accolade by VisitEngland in February 2018 in recognition of the quality visitor experience offered. The fabulous restored Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate attracted just over 725,000 visits in 2017 - making them one of the most visited gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK’s “Garden of the Year” in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015. Owned and managed by St. Modwen, the expert developer and regeneration specialist, the 725-acre Estate, which was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003. The Estate boasts: The famous Trentham Gardens, including the very important Italianate Gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s that have been lovingly restored using top landscape designers. The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a great children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot “Capability” Brown in the 18th Century. The Trentham Garden Centre and newly expanded Shopping Village, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries with a 119-bedroom Premier Inn Hotel. Trentham Monkey Forest - a unique opportunity to walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, in a natural woodland environment for this endangered species. Extensive woodlands.