Uttoxeter will honour local boy Adam Peaty in September
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By David Carr 11:21AM 10 AUG 2016
ADAM PEATY may have interrupted the sleep of Uttoxeter’s townsfolk this week but his efforts in the Olympic swimming pool have now earned them a free day’s racing.
The 21-year-old broke his own world record for the second time in a few days when landing the 100m breaststroke in the early hours of Monday to secure Britain’s first gold medal in Rio.
Peaty is from the Staffordshire town, where his parents and grandmother Mavis Williams both live, and to celebrate his triumph the course has announced anyone with a ST14 postcode is eligible to claim two free grandstand or paddock tickets for the next meeting on September 7.
The card will include the Betfred Celebrate Adam Peaty’s Gold Medal Beginners’ Chase, and executive director David MacDonald said: “The idea is for the whole town to celebrate what Adam has done.
“It was a monumental performance and we are all so proud of what he has done for Uttoxeter. He is the most famous man from the town since Samuel Johnson.
“We will invite his whole family, including his grandmother – ‘Olympic Nan’ – who is an absolute legend. We could potentially name a stand after Adam if he comes. He still lives here and sometimes the team come back from lunch and say they have seen him in Tesco.”