A campaigner calling for the protection of a playing field once used by an Olympic double medallist has taken her fight to the Queen.

Melanie Nunzet has long campaigned for Merton Council to dedicate a running track near to the Canons and Park Place as a permanent recreational space under the Fields in Trust Programme – a
lasting legacy for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.

Dorothy Tyler, now 92, once trained at the site which was once the home of Mitcham Athletics Club.
She was just 16 when she competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, taking home a silver medal in the high jump, under the watchful eye of Adolf Hitler.

Responding to Ms Nunzet’s letter earlier this month, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting  said the Queen thanked her for her “thoughtfulness” in inviting her to visit the site – an offer she politely declined.