It was a fantastic day on Monday 20th August 2012 when gold medalist, Olympic Kayak Sprint champion Ed McKeever was welcomed home by his gold post box in the Shambles. Many, particularly, young people came and were really excited. A young teenage girl spoke to me before Ed arrived saying that she was learning to paddle a canoe and could not wait to meet him.
Ed signed hundred of autographs on pictures, hats, T shirts, arms, and approx 2000 people came. The police were amazing and closed Market St/Masons Lane to allow the crowds to flow in to Church St. Cllr Isabel Martindale did a great job in welcoming him with the loud hailer. We were all very proud. Ed went on to celebrate with family and friends at the rowing club.