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Gold medallist Adam Peaty honoured for Olympic success

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 December 2016

Adam Peaty meets his fans in Uttoxeter

Adam Peaty meets his fans in Uttoxeter

geoff ford

Adam Peaty returned home to a hero’s welcome. Uttoxeter celebrated with an open-top bus tour, with crowds lining the streets despite the weather

Adam Peaty returned home to a hero’s welcome. Uttoxeter celebrated with an open-top bus tour, with crowds lining the streets despite the weather. As the bus turned into High Street, Adam and his family disembarked for the Town Hall where the Mayor of Uttoxeter, Cllr Alan Noyes, presented Adam with a Book of Pride signed by the townspeople. Adam then entered the Town Hall to cut a cake to mark the occasion.

‘It’s very wet, very cold but an amazing turn out, it’s been absolutely great,’ he said afterwards. ‘People have been so supportive, absolutely amazing, throughout the Games. It’s where my first club was, where it all started. It’s so important to recognise that and hopefully inspire the next generation of swimmers and athletes.’

The following week the City of Derby Swimming Club star was honoured by Derby City Council who conferred on him the Freedom of the City of Derby. The award was presented by the Mayor of Derby, Cllr Linda Winter, in front of another large crowd gathered outside Derby’s Council House. Adam also received a Royal Crown Derby golden toucan from Council Leader Cllr Ranjit Banwait. There were further presentations of Royal Crown Derby toucans to City of Derby swimmer Lewis White, who returned from the Rio Paralympic Games with a bronze medal in the S9 400m freestyle swimming event, and Mel Marshall who coaches Adam and Lewis. Unfortunately Mel was delayed en route and her award was accepted by assistant coach Mandy Bell. Richard Pilcher also collected a Royal Crown Derby ram presented to the coaching staff at City of Derby Swimming Club.

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