The world’s strongest brothers were honored on a signpost for their Highland hometown.
Luke and Tom Stoltman’s impressive deadlifts, log presses and barrel throws have earned them a string of trophies and accolades.
Tom, 27, has won the 2021 World’s Strongest Man contest, the first Scotsman to win the title.
His 37-year-old brother Luke is Europe’s 2021 Strongest Man and has been crowned Scotland’s Strongest Man five times.
They are the only brothers in history to reach the World’s Strongest Man final.
But nothing makes the powerful pair prouder than their hometown, Invergordon to Ross and Cromarty.
It seems the feeling is mutual, as their names are now featured on the main welcome signs in the city.
“Welcome to Invergordon, birthplace of the world of the Stoltman Brothers, the strongest men in Europe and the UK” is inscribed on two signs; one at either end of the picturesque harbor town which sits on the Cromarty Firth.
Burly Luke, who was working overseas, gets soft on talking about the home and says the decision, made by community advisers, “means everything” and allows his family to “leave a legacy”.
He told the Record: “We are proud mountaineers and very proud to be from Invergordon.
“We sing his praises everywhere we go.
“The people here are friendly and supportive, they want the locals to succeed and they will support you every step of the way.
“When we were first approached about the sign we felt honored, it’s a bit strange to see our name up there, but it’s amazing for our family.
“The city has been so good to us.”
A testament to his belief that “there’s no place like home”, Luke and all his siblings; Jodie, 35, Nikki, 31, Tom, 27, and Harry, 26, and her doting dad, Ben, 67, still live in and around town.
Their mother, Sheila, died aged 56 in 2016.
The distinction has a deeper meaning for Luke whose grandfather (opa) and Polish national, Dominik, was considered the first Stoltman in Scotland.
Having served in World War II and unable to return home, Dominik settled in Invergordon, working at a local distillery.
Like Sheila, Dominik is no longer with the family and cannot see his name on the signs.
“My op was a really dedicated hard worker,” added Luke.
“He’s part of the reason why I realized what I have.
“To think he had to start a new life as a refugee and now his name is on a street sign is amazing, we wish he could be here to see it, like with our mum.”
Bodybuilding started small with the Stoltmans when they were young, at the Invergordon Leisure Centre.
This year they have opened their own gym and offices there and hope to invest in their hometown and continue charitable work in the new year.
“We hope to have our charity, the Stoltman Foundation, up and running in 2022,” Luke said.
“We would like to focus on mental health support and give back to the community that has given us so much.
“There is no place like home.”
The Stoltman Brothers podcast will launch next week and is available, alongside other videos, on their YouTube channel.
To stay up to date, head over to their official Instagram and Facebook pages as well as their website.
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