Notts man crafts golden shoes for Jessica Ennis
A CRAFTSMAN who runs a Notts shoe shop brought joy to Jessica Ennis when he presented her with a pair of handmade shoes to mark her Olympic triumph.
Peter Bullock gave the heptathlon gold medallist the gift after guessing her shoe size from photographs.
He presented the shoes to her at a homecoming event in Sheffield last month where 20,000 fans turned out to greet her.
Peter was inspired to make them for her after watching her heroics at the London Games and hearing she has a passion for fashion.
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Peter said: "I heard about her welcome-back event on the radio the day before and worked through the night in a factory in Northampton to make them.
"I got through to backstage and waited for her and eventually I got to meet her.
"I'd only ever seen her on a screen but I could guess the size."
Peter runs Peter Bullock Fine Shoes in Low Pavement, Nottingham.
He made the shoes after being inspired by Ennis' victory in the Olympic heptathlon event, and his connections to her hometown, Sheffield.
He opened a workshop there after starting his first shoe-making shop in a garage at the back of his uncle's council house in Dinnington, South Yorkshire, in 1977.
Peter added: "I'm very proud to be British.
"I've got three daughters and the fact the GB team and Jess did so well at the Olympics shows people like my girls what can be achieved.
"It's very uplifting and inspiring."
Peter is also hoping to make and present gold shoes to Notts' Paralympic gold medallists swimmer Ollie Hynd, sprinter Richard Whitehead and dressage competitor Sophie Wells.
After opening the workshop in Sheffield Peter quickly carved his name as a designer and maker of bespoke fine shoes.
He eventually opened a string of shops and first went into business in Nottingham seven years ago, previously running a shop in the Broadmarsh Centre and one based in the glass dome in Long Row.
He opened his new shop in Low Pavement nine months ago, selling his own label shoes and other brands.
Peter is also a boxing fan and coach and is particularly known for his handmade brogues.
He added: "Jess was flattered and she loved the shoes. She had a big smile on her face and she's a lovely girl."
Ennis described the emotional homecoming in Sheffield as "one of the greatest moments of my life".
She was also given freedom of the city and a painted portrait of her by a local artist.