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Local sidecar racing champions celebrate at civic event

Executive Mayor of Mansfield Kate Allsop invited local brothers, Tom and Ben Birchall, to a civic event on Thursday 30 November to celebrate their world-class achievements in Sidecar Racing.

The Mansfield brothers retained the World Sidecar Racing title again this year for the third time and won both of the Isle of Mann TT races too, making them the only sidecar team in history of the sport to win both prestigious titles in the same year.

The pair were also the Southern hundred race winners and 2017 British championship runners up, making 2017 their most successful year to date.

After already being awarded Freedom of the district in 2009, the highest honour the town can give to its citizens, when they won their first World Championship title, the Mayor wanted the council to provide the brothers with a celebratory evening to congratulate them on their outstanding achievements.

At the celebration evening there was a civic procession led by Cllr David Smith, Chairman of the Charter of the Trustees, who carried the golden mace, followed by a Q and A interview, a three course meal and disco.

Kate Allsop, Executive Mayor of Mansfield, said: "The boys have done Mansfield proud yet again and I wanted to give them an evening to remember so that we could celebrate their achievements together. We are immensely proud of Ben and Tom and would like to thank them for all of their commitment and hard work. Congratulations to the Birchalls!"

Ben Birchall said: "We are so grateful to have had this Civic Reception in recognition of our success on the track and can't thank our supporters, friends and family enough for being behind us all the way. We're just local lads who have a passion for our sport and hope many other youngsters can follow in our footsteps."

Published on Monday 4 December 2017.

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