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Man given piece of Chelmsford flyover for Christmas to mark place he had life-changing heart attack

David Leavy's daughter wrote to the County Council to ask for a piece of the flyover Credit: Essex County Council

A grandfather from Essex has received a fragment of Chelmsford's Army and Navy flyover as a Christmas present from his daughter.

David Leavy, 67, came to a stop on the flyover when he had a heart attack in 2010.

He survived and, as well as having a pacemaker fitted, doctors found a previously undiagnosed heart condition.

Mr Leavy's daughter Dawn Tyler decided to give him a piece of the flyover when she found out it was going to be demolished.

An engineering report in September found it was unsafe and recommended permanent closure; work to knock it down will begin this year.

Mrs Tyler wrote to Essex County Council (ECC) to ask for a piece of the structure.

She said: “When we saw the flyover had closed and was due to be taken down, we thought it would be a great idea to try and get him a small piece of it.

“We got a box frame to present it in and gave it to him on Christmas Day."

The piece Mr Leavy received is a small core from one of the trestle bases Credit: Essex County Council

“I was very interested to hear about the special significance of the flyover to Mr Leavy and pleased we were be able to give him his own small piece of Chelmsford’s history.

“It is certainly one of the more unusual Christmas gifts I have ever heard of, but I am very pleased to hear it put a smile on his face.

“With the flyover due to be removed very soon, we are continuing to assess potential options for a long-term solution at this crucial junction."

– Councillor Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of ECC