PICTURED: Weightlifting champion Louis Martin
HAILED AS Britain’s greatest weightlifter, the late Louis Martin is one of the first people to be inducted into Derby’s augmented reality walk of fame.
Martin was one of 10 people chosen out of 300 submissions made by the people of Derby, which recognised someone from the city that locals were proud to be associated with.
A star-shaped plaque with the weightlifter’s name has been embedded into the city centre’s Albion Street and Exchange Street.
Residents and visitors can bring Martin’s star, and those of other notable figures who have made significant contributions to the city, to life by scanning it with their smartphones, thanks to the augmented reality feature of the installation.
Historically, Derby is known for using state of the art technology. The augmented reality trail combines public art installations alongside computer-generated information. It is the first city in Europe to use this high-end tech.
At the ceremony last Saturday (May 12), Martin’s son Richard, assistant director of Public Health for Derby City, proudly received the accolade bestowed on his father posthumously.
Martin’s son said: “Everyone in Derby loved dad and he dearly loved Derby but never once did he ever forget his Jamaican roots.”
He added: “During his lifting career he was a huge man with a beard and a head full of hair. He looked like a lion on stage and roared like a lion but he was a very gentle man. There will never be another Louis Martin.
“He had intellectual and sporting prowess among numerous other qualities.”
Martin, an MBE awardee and member of the Windrush generation, died in 2015.
The winner of four medals in mid heavyweight championships, silver and bronze at the Olympic games and three commonwealth titles, the Jamaican-born athlete was a champion across his career.
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