Sir Roger Bannister honoured with new memorial stone
Tuesday, 28th September 2021
A memorial stone to Sir Roger Bannister CH CBE was dedicated in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 28th September 2021. Sir Roger was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes and later became a distinguished neurologist.
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, led the dedication service, which was attended by family, friends and former colleagues. The new memorial is in the Abbey’s north nave, the area known as Scientists’ Corner, because Sir Roger always maintained that his achievements as a neurologist far outshone his time on the track.
Reflections on Sir Roger’s life were given by Professor Emeritus Dafydd Thomas, Consultant Neurologist and Chairman of The St Mary’s Development Trust; and Professor Emeritus Christopher Mathias, Professor of Neurovascular Medicine at the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.
Readings were given by Sir Roger’s widow, Lady Bannister; his daughter, Erin Bannister-Townsend; and eldest grandson, Barnaby Townsend. Flowers were laid at the memorial by Sir Roger’s sons, Clive Bannister and Thurstan Bannister. The Reverend Charlotte Bannister-Parker, daughter, led the prayers.