Villagers in Lazonby near Penrith turned out in force to welcome him back from the Olympics, where he competed for Team GB at Lords. The homecoming, which saw Alan being carried through the streets on a tractor and trailer, came as a complete surprise to him. He gave his reaction to ITV's Correspondent, Tim Backshall.
Alan failed to win a medal but friends and family wanted to congratulate him for reaching the Olympics for a second time. The parade was arranged by Alan's girlfriend, Gail Eastham, who had to try to keep the secret from him.