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Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty's achievements to be marked in the borough

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

By Jenny Moody

  • England's Adam Peaty (left) celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final as Scotland's Ross Murdoch (right) has to settle for bronze, at Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  • Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty (centre) collects his gold medal on the podium for the men's 100m breaststroke final, alongside silver medal winner South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh (left) and bronze medal winner Scotland's Ross Murdoch (right), at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

  • England's Adam Peaty celebrates winning gold in the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final, at Tollcross Swimming Centre during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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ADAM Peaty could be given freedom of the borough and a civic welcome with council chiefs not ruling out the possibility of the leisure centre being named after him.

Following the athlete'[s success at the Commonwealth Games, Uttoxeter MP Andrew Griffiths has called for the Oldfields Road leisure centre to be named after him - an idea which has received a lot of support on social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Although the consultation over the name of the centre finished weeks ago, East Staffordshire Borough Council has hinted that if enough people contact the four Uttoxeter borough councillors saying they would like to see it dedicated to the tremendous achievements of Mr Peaty, of Byrds Lane, it could lead to the change.

Mr Griffiths said: "Everybody in Uttoxeter is blown away by Adam's achievement at the Commonwealth Games and as a town we are all extremely proud of what he has achieved and what he will undoubtedly achieve in his future career.

"The council recently ran a consultation that only a handful of people took part in, yet since I suggested naming the leisure centre after Adam, social media has gone crazy with local people supporting that idea.

"Naming the leisure centre after Adam would not only mark a fantastic achievement for a local lad, it would also help to inspire lots of young people in Uttoxeter to get fit, get into sport and do great things like Adam has."

Julian Mott, leader of the council, said discussions had already been under way to celebrate his success.

He told The Advertiser: "The chief executive and I have already been discussing a civic welcome home for Adam, as well as 'freedom of the borough' status.

"Our MP will know that the consultation for renaming the leisure centre closed some weeks ago, leading the Labour and Independent cabinet to keep the name as it is.

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

The 19-year-old has done Uttoxeter proud after taking home the gold medal for the 100 metre race and silver for the 50 metre while competing in the games in Glasgow.

Uttoxeter Mayor Karen Haberfield has also congratulated the teenager.

She said: "I would like to offer Adam all of my congratulations. We are very proud that Uttoxeter has a gold medal winner and we look forward to greeting him home."

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