Home town honour for Giles
England spinner Ashley Giles is to be honoured by his home town in recognition of his contribution to England’s Ashes victory.
The Mayor of Droitwich Spa in Worcestershire, Richard Morris, has decided to make the Warwickshire bowler the town’s first ever honorary citizen.
Mr Morris said Giles seemed to be “very happy” when told of the honour, which will be formally awarded at a private ceremony on October 14.
Droitwich, which is famous for its brine baths and was mentioned in the Domesday Book, does have a title of honorary freeman, although that award is reserved for those who have served the local community rather than starred on the global sporting stage.
Mr Morris said: “Ashley did a great job in helping to win the Ashes. He played a key part, hitting the winning runs at Trent Bridge and taking key wickets in key Tests.
“The title of honorary citizen will recognise a resident of Droitwich Spa who has achieved success at an international level.
“Many local people became tied up in the Ashes series as it was so riveting, it was superb to watch.”