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London borough snubs famous son

Cycling ace, Bradley Wiggins has been denied the freedom of Westminster, the London borough in which he grew up. 

The move to grant the Olympic hero the freedom of the borough was withdrawn by its sponsor, Labour Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg when it became clear that members of the ruling Conservative group on the council would vote it down.

Wiggins who spent more than half his life in the London borough, he attended St Augustine's School, and hismother still lives there was deemed by opponents of the move to have "only spent a brief period of his life in Westminster". 

Other councillors are said to have wanted him to sign up to the council's PR effort promoting the 2012 Olympics before bestowing the freedom of the Borough. Wiggins designed the road race course for the 2012 London Games, part of which will go through Westminster, he is one of the country's most successful ever Olympians, and he has vowed to add to his gold medal tally in 2012 . Well before the Games start hermits living in caves on the Outer Hebrides will doubtless know much, much more about the life and times of Bradley Wiggins including no doubt those formative "Westminster years" than they could reasonably ever want to. They will even probably know that he was denied the freedom of Westminster.

According to Councillor Dimoldenberg what finally caused him to withdraw his proposal was the realisation that the Conservative majority were lining up behind an amendment to downgrade the award to a plaque because that's what Sir Roger Bannister got for training to break the four-minute mile at Paddington Rec.

No word yet from the Wiggins camp on this snub from the London borough in which he grew up, if he does have anything to say we'll let you know.

Bradley Wiggins lives in Manchester.

 

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Blackhound [442 posts] 7 years ago
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Ghent, where he was born, giving him the honour then.

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Mr Sock [155 posts] 7 years ago
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Mind you, they've got quite a lot of track cyclists they could honour. Be good if they gave them all the freedom of the city or maybe they have already?

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Mr Sock [155 posts] 7 years ago
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I live near Manchester  20

Sometimes it makes yo wonder though, surely those local councillors who opposed giving him the award must have realised that coming out against giving an Olympic hero the freedom of the borough would bring them worse publicity than simply giving it to him even if they were worried that he might not be a "suitable" person or whatever. Numpties.

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jezzzer [329 posts] 7 years ago
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wow, that must have really spoiled his year. or maybe, just possibly, he doesn't really give a toss.

just an idea....

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Mr Sock [155 posts] 7 years ago
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Maybe, maybe not…

I wouldn't have thought he'd be losing too much sleep over it, but then apparently he's still feeling chippy cos Red Rum got a longer spot on the Sports Personality of the Year back in 2004…

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/brian-viner/bradley-wigg...
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jezzzer [329 posts] 7 years ago
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heh yeah fair point. he probably does mind.....