Frank Salvat running at White City
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Proper send off for Olympian 'Cider Frank'

Well-wishers have stepped in to give an Olympian who faced a pauper's burial, a "proper send-off".

Frank Salvat, whose nickname was Cider Frank, represented Great Britain at the Rome Olympics in 1960.

He died in poverty a few weeks go in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, but nobody claimed his body and he faced having a pauper's burial.

The BBC's Adrian Warner spoke to athletics agent Eric Shirley Jr and Peter Hamson, landlord of the New Inn, where Mr Salvat's wake will be held.

Archive footage courtesy of British Pathe

  • 07 Jun 2013