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Adam Peaty to get official home-coming

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

By Joanna Craig

CIVIC WELCOME . . .Commonwealth champ Adam Peaty with his dad Mark and mum Caroline

CIVIC WELCOME . . .Commonwealth champ Adam Peaty with his dad Mark and mum Caroline

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UTTOXETER'S own Commonwealth Games champion is set to receive a civic reception to welcome him home – when he returns from the European Championships in Berlin.

Adam Peaty will receive an official civic reception at Uttoxeter Town Hall with a provisional date of September 27, after town councillors gave the idea the go-ahead.

The councillors also made suggestions for how the town could honour the swimming champion, through opening Uttoxeter Leisure Centre when work is complete and the setting up of a fund in his name for young sportsmen and women in town.

Councillor Hugh Montgomery said at the recent town council meeting: "I think personally we should ask Adam to open the leisure centre when it is finished rather than naming it after him.

"Secondly I think we should set up a fund for young sportsmen for next year.

"Adam Peaty's mother actually said the one barrier they had to overcome was securing funding and they had to apply to the Stanley Matthews fund for Adam so I think it would be great to give other people the opportunity."

Councillor Andrew Riley said: "People all over the town want to do something for him.

"We want to do something as we need to make the most of having a gold medallist in the town and as an inspiration to other young people who want to dedicate their life to sport like Adam."

Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths is also hoping to mark the teenager's success by naming Uttoxeter Leisure Centre after him as an inspiration to get others into sport.

Although the consultation ended weeks ago, East Staffordshire Borough Council has hinted that if enough people let their councillor know it could lead to a change of heart.

Julian Mott, leader of the council, said: "Our MP will know that the consultation for renaming the leisure centre closed some weeks ago.

"If there is a late surge of support for renaming the centre, please contact councillors Barrett, Ball, Riley or Blencowe."

The double gold and silver medallist is currently in training for the European Championships held in Berlin from August 18-26.

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