I write in response to Jayne Grayson’s letter where she suggested that Chris Froome, born in Kenya to a Kenyan mother and British father and having British citizenship was only chosen to cycle for England by default and didn’t deserve to.
Haven’t you forgotten a few others Jayne? What about Sir Bradley Wiggins, born in Belgium to a British mother and Australian father. Also what about Mark Cavendish, born on the Isle of Man, not part of the United Kingdom .
Why not stop at cyclists, what about Mo Farah who was born in Somalia, with neither parent born here.
What about people who aren’t involved in sport, like Sir Trevor Mcdonald. Does the fact he was born in Trinidad put you off watching the news?
What about actors such as the late Sid James. A classic British household name loved and watched by millions, despite the fact that he was actually South African.
Or Andrew Sachs, who escaped the Nazis from his native Germany. He couldn’t speak a word of English when he arrived here in the 1940s, and yet he is the stereotypical English gentleman. So much so that he is often used to narrate many of our documentaries. And we couldn’t forget Prince Philip, who was born in Greece to a British mother. The list could go on. Surely the idea of being a proud Brit is not always down to your place of birth or heritage, it is down to attitude. I come across many British born people who are not patriotic and don’t give damn about this country. It saddens me to think Jayne doesn’t embrace the idea that Chris Froome has chosen to represent his adopted country instead of Kenya, his place of birth. I think it is something we should all be proud of and hope he, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish all recover to represent Great Britain once again.