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Pub named in medallist's honour

Rebecca Adlington
Rebecca Adlington can eat her favourite burger and chips for free

Nottinghamshire's Olympic double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington is to have a pub in her home town named after her.

The 19-year-old won gold in the 400 metres and 800 metres freestyle.

As well as a victory parade, a pool named in her honour and a promise of designer shoes - there will be a bar in Mansfield where she can eat for free.

Owners Town and City Pub Company said it was converting Yates's in Leeming Street, Mansfield, into the Adlington Arms.

Toby Smith, company chief executive, said: "As a nation we're very proud of her and she is a shining example to all young people of what can be achieved with hard work and commitment.

"What better way to honour her than to name her local pub after her?

"We hear she's a fan of burger and chips, so, Rebecca, whenever you come into Adlington Arms your meal is on the house!"

Meanwhile, Mansfield District Council revealed that the swimming centre where the Olympic star first learned to swim at the age of six will be renamed in her honour.

Sherwood Swimming Baths in Mansfield Woodhouse will reopen in September 2009 after a 4.5m revamp as the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.

Mayor of Mansfield Tony Eggington said he would now buy her the pair of Jimmy Choo shoes he promised before the Games if she came home with Olympic gold.




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