Three-time world darts champion Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams became an Honorary Freeman of Deeping St James at a ceremony on Tuesday
But Wolfie wasn’t the only sports star at Deeping St James Parish Council’s annual parish meeting where Team GB triathlete and top European finisher at last August’s World Sprint Championships, Kayleigh Adams, was also a guest.
Kayleigh, a Bourne Academy pupil who shares the same birthday as the darts ace, presented awards and certificates to about 20 individuals and groups that had made an outstanding contribution to the life of the area over the past year.
Breaking off from preparing for the European Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Geneva, Switzerland, in July, Kayleigh said: “The meeting was really good and it was nice to be able to celebrate other people’s successes. ”
But the night belonged to Wolfie who was presented with this Honorary Freedom of the Parish certificate by council member Lisa Hughes in front of guests who included prospective South Kesteven District Council leader Bob Adams (Con), chairman Coun Ray Wootten and his wife Linda.
Martin said: “When I won the three world titles, none of them made me speechless.
“But when I opened the letter about this (Honorary Freedom of the Parish), I was quite speechless which is unlike me.
“It’s a fantastic honour, one you don’t expect and that came from nowhere really, and I’m very pleased to receive it.”
Before Wolfie’s special moment, a special Exceptional Contribution to Village Life award was presented by Kayleigh to the organisers of Deepings Remembers, a three-day exhibition of World War I memorabilia which drew more than 1,000 visitors to Deeping St James and Market Deeping last November.
Coun Judy Stevens, a member of the Deepings First World War Commemoration Group, said: “We put an exceptional amount of time into remembering, recording and commemorating the War with an event that someone described as being worthy of a city, let alone a set of villages.”
Kayleigh also presented the Organisation of the Year Award to the Friends of Deeping Library, Citizen of the Year to Joan Dyke who ran the village playgroup, Meals on Wheels service and still helps out at a weekly Age UK lunch and at Priory Church, Deeping St James.
Meanwhile, Sam Niblock, 17, took the Young Citizen of the Year Award for his youth work at the village’s Open Door Baptist Church.”