Olympic Beth to have street named after her

Published date: 04 September 2012 |
Published by: Natalie Barnett
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Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle will have a Cheshire street named after her 

OLYMPIC gymnast Beth Tweddle will have a street named after her in honour of her success at London 2012.

The bronze medal winner has also won World, European and Commonwealth championships during her glittering career which helped earn her the nickname of ‘Tweddle the medal’.

The star, from Bunbury, near Chester, may also soon be awarded the Freedom of the Borough after the 27-year-old was put forward for the honour by Cheshire East Mayor George Walton.

Beth, who thrilled the nation with her stunning display on the uneven bars, was greeted with raptuous applause and congratulations by the crowds of wellwishers who packed the village green of  of Bunbury on Sunday.

Almost immediately after her homecoming Beth was told the “amazing” news that there would be a “Beth Tweddle Close”, named as part of a new housing development to be built just minutes away from her parents’ home.

Beth said: “When I was told the news that an actual close was to be named after me in honour of my achievements, it was such a surreal moment, quite unbelievable.

“It is truly amazing to think the street naming represents how people have been inspired by my achievements, thank you so much. Thank you too to everyone who made my homecoming so special, so many people turned out to congratulate me and offer wishes of support, it was fantastic and I appreciate it so much.”

Beth, who won gold at the Doha World Cup in March, added that the London 2012 experience had been a thrill from start to finish.

“It was an incredible experience, and since then I have not stopped. I have been so busy. I’ve been in the gym and done lots of other things such as wingwalking for the first time which was exhilarating. I am also enjoying the chance to relax a bit after the highs of the last few incredible months.”

A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said a proposal for Beth to receive Freedom of the Borough status would be put to vote at a full council meeting in October.

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