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King of the Jungle Carl races into Blackburn history

Published Wednesday 24 April 2019 at 9:14

Blackburn superstar and superbike icon, Carl Fogarty, is being honoured with a road named after him in his home town.

The champion world superbike racer has said he is ‘thrilled’ at the tribute, and plans to open the road with his famous CCM Foggy Edition Spitfire in June.

Carl Fogarty Way will run between Gorse Street and the Red Lion Roundabout, past Burnley Road near the Tesco store.

The 600m stretch of road will link up the Bottomgate and Copy Nook route into Blackburn town centre with the Red Lion Roundabout at Whitebirk/Junction 6 of the M65, bypassing Burnley Road to ease traffic.

The ceremony will take place this summer, with exciting details to be revealed nearer the time.

Carl said:

I’m really thrilled and quite honoured to have a road named after me in my home town. I had a sneak peek at the road and I was pleased that it’s a pretty major link road.

It’s also appropriate that it comes off the Red Lion roundabout, as the lion is the King of the Jungle!”

Carl won a total of seven world championships and was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours.

In 2014 he also won the hearts and minds of the British television viewing public when he became the King of the Jungle on ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ show.

 

 

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