The Saints bridge is to be renamed in honour of one of St Helens’ greatest sons, Steve Prescott.
Council leader Barrie Grunewald announced the decision today to honour the former Saint and charity fund-raiser, who died aged 39 last year.
“Steve was a first class ambassador not only for rugby but for the town,” said Coun Grunewald. “As well as being a legend of the game he is also honoured for his tireless fundraising for his Steve Prescott Foundation.
“By naming the bridge after him is our tribute to one of the greats of St Helens and a most well-deserved honour, all the more so that the bridge links the town Steve loved so much to his beloved club.”
Known affectionately as Prekkie, Prescott died last November after a long battle with a rare form of stomach cancer.
He went on to inspire countless people throughout the country by refusing to be cowed by his terminal illness, and instead embarking on a series of gruelling endurance challenges to raise cash for good causes and his own charitable foundation.
The Saints bridge is the main route taken by thousands of Saints fans making their way to Langtree Park on matchdays.
Saints chief executive Mike Rush said: “It is only fitting that one of St Helens’ greatest sons has such an honour bestowed on him and we are delighted that St Helens Council has taken this decision.
“Steve will be missed by us all and the Club will also make sure he has a fitting legacy at Langtree Park. We will start that process when Saints take on Hull FC in February.”
Mike Denning, Chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, added: “This is very fitting for a real life Hero and Sporting icon born here in our town.
“Steve has inspired so many and has raised awareness of not only the very rare form of cancer which he battled but also the plight of those injured or fallen on hard times in the great game of rugby league.”
A date for the official opening of the newly named bridge is yet to be decided.