Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Dunblane revels in Andy Murray victory

A baby has his picture taken on top of the gold post box in Dunblane High Street
Fans have their picture taken next to a cake of Andy Murray
Butchers celebrate in Dunblane High Street

Dunblane is showing no signs of a Wimbledon hangover as residents and visitors bask in the success of the town's famous son.

On the High Street Andy Murray fans queued to get their picture taken next to the post box painted gold in the wake of last year's Olympic victory, gleaming again after a fresh lick of paint.

A celebratory cake was displayed outside the local bank, the sponge and icing sculpted into a very good likeness of the champion. Children posed with the creation before it was taken inside out of the strong sunshine which bathed the Stirlingshire town.

Posters congratulating the tennis star hung in almost every shop window and a street sign sat outside the butchers with the words "WIMBLE-DONE!!"

The shop produced special sausages flavoured with strawberry to mark Wimbledon season which staff say have been popular with visitors to the nearby golden post box.

Stewart McClymont, 26, who works at Bennetts the butcher, said: "There's a real party atmosphere, everyone's in a great mood.

"The effect that Andy has had on the town is unbelievable. Anywhere you go, on holiday or whatever, when you say you're from Dunblane people always smile and say 'that's where Andy Murray's from' and you get a great buzz from that."

Over at the local tennis club dozens of youngsters were hitting balls across the net with the hope that they too could one day reach Wimbledon. A cardboard cut-out of the champion stood courtside in case they needed any inspiration.

Anna Gillespie, 13, from Stirling, used to play at the club and now trains at nearby Stirling University.

She said: "We were so tense watching the match, we were all biting our nails and jumping up and screaming. What Andy's done makes us work really hard because it seems realistic now. If somebody we know can do it, why can't we?"

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