Three cheers for superstar Wiggins

Photo: David Hurst'Barry Woods raises a glass to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins after painting this mural on the wall of Eccleston pub, The Windmill
Photo: David Hurst'Barry Woods raises a glass to Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins after painting this mural on the wall of Eccleston pub, The Windmill
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“He is a superstar.”

The village of Eccleston came alive yesterday to celebrate the victory of their most famous resident Bradley Wiggins’, who made history when he rode to victory in the Tour de France.

Wiggins, already a three time Olympic champion, became the first British winner of the 109-year-old competition.

And to mark his triumph, fellow residents in Eccleston, where he lives, joined together to share their pride in the result.

The Original Farmers Arms, in Towngate, hosted a party to celebrate the occasion and dozens of locals piled in to watch the superstar cross the finish line.

Landlord Barry Newton said: “It is fantastic. He comes in here now and again.

“It is great for Eccleston and great for the country.”

The village has been behind the cycling hero all the way and one pub has had a huge mural painted to show their support.

The painting on the side of The Windmill Hotel features Wiggins, the St George’s flag and the red rose of Lancashire.

It was painted by Barry Woods, 51, who has painted various murals on the wall over the years.

He said: “Somebody sent an anonymous letter to the pub saying ‘could you please paint Bradley Wiggins on the wall.’

“The reaction has been unbelievable, people keep stopping and taking photos.”

Wiggins lives in the village with this wife Catherine and their two young children.

Tina’s Barber Shop owner Tina Williams, who is responsible for cutting the cyclist’s trademark sideburns, also paid tribute to his achievement.

She said: “I think it is fantastic. He is great. He is a real superstar.

“The whole village is so proud. It is nice to hear of somebody doing so well. It is a gruelling sport.

“He is just a really normal, nice family man.”

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Bradley has won the Tour de France, it really is a fantastic, world class achievement by an amazing and dedicated athlete.”