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The Xtra Diary: Sir Wiggo… on the cycle route of destiny?

Published: 15 February, 2013

WE may be one step closer this week to answering one of the most pressing questions faced by Westminster's elected representatives which, as we all remember from their fiery debate at the last meeting of the full council, is how best to acknowledge the sporting prowess of Sir Bradley Wiggins.  

A poll was started this week, in which residents can choose three Westminster characters who will be immortalised with a steel likeness.

The lucky trio will have two-dimensional metal cut-outs created in their image which will be plonked next to a bench on a new cycle route between Paddington and St Mary’s Terrace.  

Residents are urged to vote for the three people that best represent the borough’s culture and history. On the shortlist alongside Sir Bradley are
Penicillin discoverer Sir Alexander Fleming, genetic pioneer Rosalind Franklin, and Paddington Bear author Michael Bond as well as Alan Turing, Margery Allingham, Mary Seacole and Nancy Mitford.

Votes can be cast by hand at Paddington Library, St Mary’s Church and St Saviour’s Church or online at

where more information is available on all the candidates.

• above, the sort of cut-outs under consideration


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