The best bar none… As Wiggins says he'll keep SPOTY trophy in pubs, BOTH landlords say they'd be thrilled to display Bradley's BBC gong
15:43 GMT, 17 December 2012
Bradley Wiggins has revealed he is going to display his Sports Personality of the Year award on the bars of his local pubs.
The Tour de France winner has
promised to lend the prestigious trophy to his grandma, Mauren Cousins,
and then take it on a tour of two of the watering holes near his home in
Lancashire: the Farmers Arms in Heskin and then the Original Farmers
Arms in Eccleston.
Barry Newton, landlord of the
Original Farmers Arms, said: ‘It would be fantastic. It’s quite a large
thing and we’re only a small bar but we would definitely find somewhere
to put it.
‘We’ll see what
happens when he comes back. We would really appreciate it but it’s his
award – it’s up to Bradley to decide what to do with it.
lot of us were watching last night and we all jumped up when his name
was announced because there were so many good people who could have won
it this year. We had all been voting for him.’
Pub talk: Bradley Wiggins kisses the iconic trophy last night (left) and (right) thanks his nan in his speech
Over to you, Sue: Sue Barker (left) chats to Bradley Wiggins during the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2012 at ExCeL London last night
The Farmers Arms in Heskin will be the first pub that the Tour de France winner takes his award to
Nearly 500,000 people – a 30.25 per cent
share of the vote – chose Wiggins, 32, as the 2012 BBC Sports
Personality of the Year ahead of Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray last
Wiggins said: ‘I am going to let my nan have it for a bit, because I've promised her, and then I have promised the local pub – the Farmers Arms in Eccleston – that they can have it for a bit.
‘They can put it on the bar, and then it's going to the Original Farmers Arms, because there are two, you see. Then I am going to take it home for a bit and maybe put it under the Christmas tree.
Ann Rothwell, landlady of the Farmers Arms, said the pub would be delighted to look after Wiggins’ award.
'We had all been voting for him': Barry Newton, landlord of the Original Farmers Arms, said that Wiggo had a lot of support in the pub
She said: ‘It would be absolutely great. When’s he coming We were all watching last night and we would be proud to put the Sports Personality award on our bar.
‘He lives in-between the two pubs and he does bob in here now and again, but he’s an athlete, isn’t he He doesn’t frequent the pub that often.’
Suits you: Winner of Sports Personality of the Year 2012, Bradley Wiggins shows off the trophy that he'll leave at his two local pubs