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Peterborough's Olympic and Paralympic stars to get freedom of city

James Fox, Louis Smith and Lee Manning will be given the Freedom of Peterborough. Credit: Press Association Images.

Olympic and Paralympic heroes are to be given the freedom of Peterborough at a special ceremony next week.

Gold-medal-winning rower James Fox, who was crowned champion at the Paralympic Games in Rio last summer, and gymnast Louis Smith, who has won four medals across three Olympic Games, will both receive the honour.

A special reception will be held at Peterborough's town hall on Tuesday, March 21.

Paralympic basketball star Lee Manning, who won bronze in Rio 2016, will also get the freedom of the city but is unable to attend the event.

James Fox out on the water with his mixed coxed four team ahead of Rio 2016. Credit: Press Association Images.

"Louis, James and Lee are three of the greatest athletes that Peterborough has ever produced and it can only be right that they are receiving the city’s highest honour.

"We are incredibly proud of their achievements and hope that there will be more medals to come in the future."

– Cllr Peter Hiller, Peterborough City Council honours selection panel.
Louis Smith during a training session ahead of Rio 2016. Credit: Press Association Images.

Former city councillors Charles Swift, Shelia Scott, Adrian Miners have also been made Honorary Alderman as part of the latest round of honours for their dedication to the city.