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Hot homecoming for heroes

Olympic medal winners from the East have been welcomed back to the region

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Olympic medallist to get civic gong

Whitlock: honoured by home town
Whitlock: honoured by home town Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Double Olympic medal winner Max Whitlock is to have his achievements celebrated by his home town.

The gymnast who won two bronze medals at London 2012 is to be presented with a gift at a special reception in Hemel Hempstead

The presentation will take place this weekend at the town's Civic Centre.

The 19-year-old, from Hemel Hempstead, Herts, took the first British men's gymnastics team medal since 1912 alongside Louis Smith, 23, Sam Oldham, 19, Daniel Purvis, 21, and Kristian Thomas, 23 when they claimed bronze on July 30.

Whitlock, who still lives in Hemel Hempstead, then went on to win Olympic bronze in the men's pommel horse, six days later.

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Olympics leaving a legacy of sporting inspiration

After 17 incredible days the flame went out last night on what's already being described as the best Olympics of modern times.

10,500 athletes came to this country to compete in 302 events across 26 sports. 70,000 volunteers gave up their time so millions could enjoy the moment.

Neil Bradford reports on the legacy of the games and the opportunities they've left here in the east.

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran performs at Olympic closing ceremony

Ed Sheeran performed at the Olympic closing ceremony

Suffolk's Ed Sheeran has performed alongside some of the biggest names in pop music at the closing ceremony of London 2012.

A world-wide audience was treated to a spectacular celebration of British music before the flame was extinguished to officially close the curtain on one of the most memorable sporting extravaganzas of recent times.

Many of the 10,000 sportsmen and women who competed in the Games are leaving the Olympic Village and heading to London's airports to return to their home nations.

The majority joined last night's final hurrah to celebrate their achievements, parading through the 80,000-seater stadium and taking with them their own memories of a Games which has been universally acclaimed.

Ed Sheeran joined some of the biggest names in British pop past and present, including the Spice Girls, Take That, Queen and Madness.

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Could Suffolk's Ed Sheeran be playing the Olympic Closing Ceremony?

Danny Boyle's spectacular Opening Ceremony featured a riotous celebration of British music through the last five decades.

The attention now turns to the Closing Ceremony. The show, titled A Symphony of British Music, is expected to feature pop supremos George Michael and the Spice Girls and numerous other British acts.

And could it feature Suffolk's very own Ed Sheeran too? A tweet from this morning gives his followers a strong hint....

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