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The book reveals all on the shot-stopper's life, right from his teenage years to the day of his death. Selhurts Park, pictured in 2022, where Billy Callender took his own life in 1932 (Image: Getty Images) Now, 90 years on from his death, a group of Crystal Palace supporters will be visiting Prudhoe in the summer to pay tribute to the club legend Crystal Callender had no idea she would become the proud owner of Bright Future Building Design when she made the life altering decision to change career direction from nursing to building design. Being at a cross-road in her career when she took maternity leave, she took a 360 degree turn to develop her creative side in an industry she’d always been interested in. However, when fiancé Ella Leslie died from crippling disease polio in May 1932, the Palace number one was overcome with grief and took his own life at Selhurst just two months later.

Eddie added: "The occasion has attraction a considerable degree of interest from local historians and the public and it is hoped that there will be some form of official recognition for the visit."

He frequently roamed Croydon, pushing Ela in her wheelchair, and remained at her bedside for seven weeks - but Ella lost her battle with the disease, leaving him devastated. The Crystal Art concept is similar to painting by numbers. Each design has a numbered, adhesive template. Use the tool to lift up the coloured resin gems and place them on the corresponding numbered dots. The technique is a relaxing and therapeutic craft activity, suitable for adults and children (ages 8+) alike. The result is a stunning piece of rhinestone art you can proudly display. Mrs Callender started working in an architect’s office during her studies to gain some experience in the industry, which helped her put all the theory she was learning into practice. Billy's tragic story was immoratlised b lifelong Palace fan James Wright ten years ago in a mini-book titled The Sad Story of Billy Callender, where Wright pays tribute to his kindness and devotion, especially in Ella’s last days when she was bed-ridden.

The inquest records into Callender’s death have vanished, and, as a result, most of the content of Mr Wright’s research is based on research from libraries. Billy Callender made 225 appearances for the Crystal Palace between 1923 and 1932 and was a crowd favourite.Brett was tragically killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device on 23 May 2011. As the 10-year anniversary of Brett’s passing approached, Life on the Line was asked by one of Brett's close friends and fellow commandos to commemorate the day. We have done so by creating this special podcast, a celebration of his life. Alex Lloyd spoke with family, friends and colleagues of Brett - from those who knew him personally to those who served alongside him and marvelled at his professionalism. Callender was originally from Prudhoe in Northumberland and worked as a miner in his teenage years. He first played football for Wylam Primitive Methodist Church Club, before progressing to Prudhoe Castle FC in his teens. Cllr Angie Scott, who represents Prudhoe North on Northumberland County Council, has worked alongside the history project in making sure the visit happens, and was full of praise for the team of volunteers. Following the death, Callender travelled up to Northumberland to visit family in his time of need before he returned to London in July for the start of pre-season.

He tragically took his own life after the death of his beloved fiance in 1932, and is now buried at the Edgewell Cemetery in Prudhoe, overlooking the Tyne Valley.Mr Wright told the Chronicle Echo: “Callender was totally loyal and devoted. He stayed with her right to the very end. It is impossible not to be moved by what happened.” Read More Related Articles Appearances for Callender in his first two seasons were limited but following Alderson’s transfer to Sheffield United he became one of the first names on the team sheet during the 1925-26 season, playing in the third division (south). Eddie Graham of Prudhoe Local History Society has researched Billy's life along with his colleague Len Franchetti.

Edgewell Road Cemetery in Prudhoe, Northumberland, where Billy Callender was laid to rest (Image: Google Streetview)

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Fast forward a few years and Mrs Callender and her family now live in Miami, Gold Coast where she runs a thriving sustainable building design business from home and has won a prestigious industry award to boot. “I’m very proud of the National Student Design Award I won for a sustainable townhouse project in Chermside and am now planning to build sustainable townhouses of my own,” she said. It was originally planned for supporters to visit next month before their side face Newcastle United in the Premier League, but the plans have been changed to allow more people to attend. The calendar also contains four Crystal Art projects for you to enjoy and complete for each season. My response was “Yes – why wouldn’t you?” To which he replied that he doesn’t work on his own. Despite his initial hesitation, he accepted the award. On the day of the ceremony we travelled to the base – my two daughters and their partners, and my mother as well. Two commandos were awarded that day. The other medal recipient had the first seat, then Brett, Elvi, myself and the rest of my family, and Iain. She said: "Eddie and his team are so passionate about the history of Prudhoe and really want to pass the history to younger generations in our town.

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