Former Workington Town and Whitehaven legend Eppie Gibson has been immortalised with an plaque to commemorate his rugby league career unveiled in Workington town centre.

Washington Square Shopping Centre, in Workington, has funded a blue plaque for Eppie which has been installed near The Entertainer, in the town centre.

Centre manager Richard Ashcroft welcomed Mr Gibson’s widow, Marie, to the unveiling of the plaque.

He said: “Eppie was a Workington Town legend, he was a member of Gus Risman’s 1952 Challenge Cup- winning side and was part of an incredibly talented and successful Town team, the likes of which we are unlikely to see again.

“We consider it to be very fitting that Eppie’s blue plaque is displayed opposite the one for Gus Risman at the top of Risman Place.

“It is our absolute privilege to honour another of Workington Town’s greats in our shopping centre.”

Eppie was signed by Workington Town in July 1947 and was part of the side that lifted the Challenge Cup against Featherstone in 1952 at Wembley. He was also in the 1955 Challenge Cup final where they lost against Barrow.

And he was Haven coach when they took on the mighty Wakefield at the Recreation Ground in the Challenge Cup third round in front of 18,650 fans, a club record that still stands today.