A BOOK of congratulations for Chorley’s cycling legend Bradley Wiggins has been opened for people to sign at a busy shopping centre.
The proud people of the town can have their chance to send a note to Bradley by popping into the Ryman Stationery store in Market Walk.
The idea for the book was mooted by Annalisa Johnson, marketing manager for Market Walk, who enlisted the help of willing employees at Ryman Stationery to set up the book.
A smart black book of congratulations has been set up on the counter and anyone can write a personal message to Britain’s champion cyclist who lives just a few miles down the road in Eccleston.
Annalisa said: “Bradley Wiggins’ staggering success has brought tremendous pride to our town.
“I felt it was important to mark this in some way at Market Walk.
“The shopping centre is at the heart of the community we serve and I suppose we wanted to show Bradley what we felt about his achievements in our hearts.
“We have already had our own celebrations of London 2012 by holding a Summer of Sport Day and taekwondo demonstration and even though the Games are now at an end, we are not ready to stop enjoying the atmosphere it has created.”
Known for his fantastic sideburns, Bradley recently pedalled into cycling history by becoming the first ever British winner of the Tour de France and then topping it all off with an Olympic gold medal in the same year.
He is the proud owner of seven Olympic medals, including four gold, and had the honour of ringing the bell at the London 2012 opening ceremony.
Mark Ryding, Deputy Manager of Ryman Stationery at Market Walk, enjoyed a special treat when watching Bradley cycle to gold.
Mark said: “I was actually over at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester watching the Olympic football match between Spain and Morocco the day Bradley won his gold.
“Before the kick-off they put up live pictures of the time trial in London on a huge screen.
“All 40,000 people in the crowd watched spellbound as Bradley took the gold medal and an enormous cheer went up which almost lifted the roof off the ground.
“It was a moment I will never forget and so I am delighted to be helping the people of Chorley share their congratulations with Bradley.”
He added: “I am sure we will get lots of people wanting to sign it because Bradley is so well known and liked in the area.”