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New future for Northampton’s Walter Tull restaurant

NEW DIRECTION: The Walter Tull, named after Britain first outfield footballer (pictured) has been given new investment

A FORMER grill house in Northampton, which has been closed for more than two years, say they are looking forward to 2015 thanks to a £325,000 investment.

The Walter Tull, formerly known as West Coast Grill and located on Walter Tull Way at Sixfields Leisure Park, is set to receive an extensive transformation into a Flaming Grill pub-restaurant, with a focus on providing value steaks and grills.

The pub has been named after Walter Tull, who played more than 100 matches for Northampton Town FC and became the first African Caribbean outfield player in the top division of English football. He has also been commemorated in a statue outside the club.

The grill was officially opened by Northampton Town players Lee Collins and Evan Horwood, and ex-Torquay player Bill Bodin.

General manager at the Walter Tull, Lee O’Donnell, said: “The opening has been a real success with great feedback from regulars and visitors alike on the delicious new menu and the fantastic interiors. My team and I look forward to welcoming more guests in the coming weeks.”

Tull was also the first black infantry officer in the British army will be remembered on a special set of coins released by the Royal Mint as part of commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.

He was cited for “gallantry and coolness” for leading his company of 26 men to safety in Italy, but returned to northern France where he was killed in March 1918.

Campaigners, including the former Tottenham player Garth Crooks, petitioned the government in 2013 to posthumously award Tull a Military Cross for his heroism.

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