Thursday 23 January 2020

For he's a trolley good fellow! Supermarket tribute for swimmer Adam Peaty

The trolley painted gold in honour of swimmer Adam Peaty (Asda/PA)
The trolley painted gold in honour of swimmer Adam Peaty (Asda/PA)
Adam Peaty after winning a gold medal in Rio

The grandmother of Olympic gold medal swimmer Adam Peaty has given her seal of approval after his home town supermarket unveiled a painted trolley in his honour.

Mavis Williams, who became an overnight social media sensation dubbed #OlympicNan after celebrating her grandson's winning performance in Rio, took to the aisles of her local Asda with the gold-coloured trolley.

It came after Royal Mail, which has ruled out marking Team GB's winners by painting post boxes gold as it did for London 2012, had to repaint a box in Peaty's Staffordshire home town of Uttoxeter after people took matters into their own hands.

It has appealed for people not to spray-paint the red boxes.

Peaty, 21, bagged individual gold in the 100m breaststroke on day two of the games, then won a silver in the men's 4x100m medley relay a week later, alongside James Guy, Chris Walker-Hebborn and Duncan Scott.

Mrs Williams, 74, has previously said she would like to see the Royal Mail paint one of the town's boxes gold, but the postal firm said it had been a one-off to mark the London Olympics.

Meanwhile, the pensioner has continued to celebrate Team GB's increasing medal haul, recently marking Alistair and Jonny Brownlee's triathlon triumph on Thursday by tweeting: "Gold and Silver for the Brownlee Brother's fantastic @TeamGB #BringontheGreat."

Asda said shoppers at its Carter Street store would be able to use the trolley, marking the 21-year-old's swimmer achievement.

Steve Biggs, general store manager, said: "We wanted to recognise Adam after his brilliant performance and to let him know that we are all so proud of him; he is really is inspiring a young generation.

"Golden athletes from the London Olympics were recognised through golden post boxes, so we thought we would bestow a similar honour upon Adam.

"We'd love for Adam and his Olympic nan, Mavis, to come into the store upon his return from Rio to see they have the support of Staffordshire and of course sample the golden trolley for themselves."

Stafford and Stone Canoe Club painted their clubhouse's letterbox and flagpole gold after 23-year-old member Joe Clarke took Team GB's second gold medal of the Rio games in the K1 canoe slalom last week.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "As the host nation in 2012, our gold post boxes were a unique, highly visible and fitting way to recognise the successes of Team GB and Paralympics GB.

"In late 2012, we confirmed that all 110 post boxes would remain gold on a permanent basis, with a plaque naming the athlete and their achievement, or the location's connection with London 2012.

"Brazil, as the host nation of Rio 2016, will now have the honour of celebrating the Games in its own way."

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