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Mansfield welcomes home its Olympic heroes

Thousands of people turned out for Mansfield's homecoming event for local Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, Olympic badminton player Chris Adcock, and Paralympic swimmers Charlotte Henshaw and Ollie Hynd received a rapturous welcome from Mansfield people, who gathered in the Market Place to celebrate the stunning success of the athletes at the London 2012 games.

The crowds roared and waved thousands of flags, as the four athletes took to the stage in celebration of their combined total of six medals. Paralympic bronze medallist Sam Hynd, who was unable to attend the event, was represented by proud mum Helen, who was also a torchbearer for the Paralympics.

There was a carnival atmosphere throughout the evening, as people enjoyed a range of events including a performance by streetdance duo Twist and Pulse, who were runners-up in 2010 Britain's Got Talent. There were also interviews with Olympic torchbearers and winners of the Inspiring Mansfield school sports event.

Giant screens showed highlights of the athletes' medal winning performances at the London games and there was a guest appearance by Glenn Smith, Team GB Paralympic coach and Swimming Development Officer for Mansfield District Council.

The event, which was organised by Mansfield District Council and hosted by Stuart Nicholson from Mansfield 103.2, closed with a spectacular explosion of confetti amidst the cheering crowds.

Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: "The homecoming was a fantastic celebration of the achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes. We are so proud of Becky, Ollie, Sam, Charlotte and Chris. They are excellent role models for Mansfield and the success of the District. This has been a marvellous opportunity for all of us to come together to show our appreciation of these exceptional people."

Rebecca Adlington won a double bronze in the Women's 400m Freestyle and 800m Freestyle. Ollie Hynd took gold in the SM8 200m individual Medley, silver in the S8 Men's 400m Freestyle and bronze in the S8 100m Backstroke. His brother Sam won bronze in the S8 400m Freestyle. Charlotte picked up a silver in the SB6 100m Breaststroke and was just three hundredths of a second from taking gold.

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Published 13 September 2012

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