Council to Name Street After Local Cricketer James Anderson
England International & Lancashire cricketing legend James Anderson is to get a street named after him in his home town of Burnley. Over the summer he became the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets in the history of the game. Now he is set to receive a new accolade from his home town who have already made him a freeman of the borough.
Burnley’s full council meeting has unanimously passed a motion proposed by Mayor Wajid Khan, which ‘recognises the record breaking and outstanding achievement of Burnley born international cricket star, James Anderson by taking 600 international Test wickets.
Wajid Khan’s proposal goes on to say, This council honours James Anderson being the first ever test match fast bowler to achieve this historic milestone by naming a Burnley borough road/street in the name of James Anderson. He has been a great ambassador for the borough having been born and bred in Burnley as well as starting his cricketing career at Burnley Cricket Club.
James is an excellent role model for Burnley youngsters as he has demonstrated it’s possible to achieve their goals and aspirations and reap the rewards of hard work. This recognition would complement the previous freedom of the borough award given to James Anderson due to his outstanding services to cricket.
This council recommends that the head of streetscene in consultation with group leaders and other relevant bodies identify a suitable road/street, which shall be named after James Anderson. Cllr Khan said the chosen street should be near where Anderson was born and brought up and urged the Queen to recognise him with a knighthood. Anderson, a former St Theodore’s RC High School pupil played for Burnley Cricket Club and quickly moved on to playing for Lancashire and then for England.