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Plans for party are under way

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

Adam Peaty

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PLANS to see swimming prodigy Adam Peaty paraded around the streets so the people of Uttoxeter can congratulate him have been put forward by a councillor.

Andrew Riley is planning to organise a party for the 19-year-old with Uttoxeter Town Council after requests from residents to do something to celebrate his success at the Commonwealth Games.

The council is set to discuss the party at an extraordinary meeting on August 5, with plans to hold the party that weekend, most likely Sunday, August 10.

Councillor Riley said: "A lot of people have been stopping me in the street and asking if the council is doing something and I have put it on the agenda for the extraordinary meeting.

"I have spoken to Adam's family and I need to ask him first. People all over the town want to do something for him.

"I was thinking of maybe having an open top bus and then doing a parade around the town so that members of the community can come out and show their support for him.

"Then maybe return to the town hall where we can give him a certificate of merit and probably have a bit of a party 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."

The councillor added that although the authority has not approved the plans he is pre-empting it will be agreed as a lot has to be planned and the colleagues he has already spoken to have shown their support.

He said: "People want to come out and show Adam their appreciation and this is something to be very proud of. I would personally like to congratulate Adam as it is a great achievement.

"His hard work and dedication over the years has really paid off."

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: "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."

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