Eccleston pubs' joy at Wiggins' Sports Personality win

Chorley Citizen: Bradley Wiggins with the trophy Bradley Wiggins with the trophy

The owners of Bradley Wiggins’ local pubs have spoke of their pride at the prospect of putting his Sports Personality Of The Year award behind their respective bars.

Cycling star Wiggins, who lives in Eccleston, added the award to his vast trophy collection on Sunday, when he claimed 30 per cent of the public vote, beating gold medal heptathlete Jessica Ennis and US Open tennis champion and Olympic singles gold winner Andy Murray into second and third place.

The 32-year-old, who has lived in the Chorley area for several years, this year won Olympic time trial gold in August after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France the week previously.

Speaking after the awards he promised to loan the trophy to his two locals.

The Farmers Arms, and the Original Farmers Arms, two Eccleston pubs, are expected to house the trophy over the coming weeks.The landlord of the Original Farmers Arms Barry Newton hosted a "riotous" night at his pub as locals gathered to watch Wiggins win the award and today he welcomed the news that his establishment is set to have a new attraction behind the bar.

"We would accommodate it with pleasure," he said.

"It would be fantastic to have it here. It's a really nice gesture.

"It would take pride of place during the day and then we would put it away for safe keeping at night time.

"I was worried when I first saw the size of the award but there are a few places where we can put it.

"A lot of people would come and look at it and it would be a very nice thing to show people."

Wiggins is a regular at the pub, where he enjoys a drink and meal with his wife Cath and their two children Ben and Isabella.

Newton says the four-time Olympic champion enjoys the kitchen's fish dishes and mainly has soft drinks from the bar.

Wiggins has become a reserved but popular member of the Eccleston community since moving to the village to be closer to Manchester's Velodrome, and the locals enjoyed toasting his success last night.

"There was a lot of us in watching, about two or three dozen," Newton said.

"The atmosphere was riotous. We were all voting for him. There were so many good people in the running it was difficult to see who would win it.

"When he won it we all jumped in the air. We are dead proud of him."

A mile down the main road through the village, Ann Rothwell, landlady of the Farmers Arms, raised a glass to Wiggins' success, before thinking about the prospect of hosting the trophy.

"We had about 20 in. They all cheered when he won. It was exciting," she said.

"We were all voting for him. It was quite an emotional night.

"We don't know when he'll be in, but we would be absolutely thrilled to have the trophy behind the bar.

"We would be honoured.”

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