Council leaders have paid tribute to Potteries superstars Eddie Hall and Phil Taylor after millions tuned in at home and abroad to watch their endeavours on television over the New Year.
“The Beast” Eddie Hall became the first Brit since 1993 to win the World’s Strongest Man competition as his Botswana success back in May was aired on Channel 5 on New Year’s Eve. And darts superstar Phil “The Power” Taylor brought the curtain down on an illustrious record-breaking career in his 7-2 defeat to Rob Cross in the final of the World Championships on New Year’s Day.
Councillor David Conway, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “It was a fantastic weekend not just to celebrate the achievements of Eddie and Phil but for Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire as a whole. I’m sure many people like me felt a great sense of pride and I’d like to congratulate both of them on their achievements on behalf of the city.”
Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “Eddie and Phil have both put the city on the map in their own rights. Phil is darts royalty and his achievements on the oche are unparalleled in the history of the game – I don’t think we’ll ever see another one like him. What Eddie achieved in becoming the first Brit to win World’s Strongest Man since 1993 was just incredible and he is an example to everyone of where hard work and dedication can take you in life.
“We are looking to arrange civic receptions for both Eddie and Phil at Stoke Town Hall in the near future to mark their outstanding achievements and let them know just how proud of them we all are.”