The Leeds-based stars of the London 2012 Paralympic Games were honoured at a special celebration event in Millennium Square at lunchtime. Athletics star Hannah Cockroft, cyclist David Stone MBE, swimmer Claire Cashmore and powerlifter Ali Jawad were all given a rousing welcome.
Sally Simpson reports.
A civic reception is being held for Leeds-based Paralympic athletes.
The quartet of Hannah Cockroft, Claire Cashmore, Ali Jawad and David Stone MBE won seven medals between them, including wheelchair sprinter Hannah's double gold and cyclist David Stone's gold in the T 1-2 mixed road race.
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Calderdale’s double Paralympic Gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to become a Freewoman of the Borough. Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said:“This is the highest accolade that the Council can bestow and reflects the pride and admiration we all have for Hannah.”
In the meantime, Hannah is due to attend a civic homecoming on September 13 in Halifax's historic Piece Hall where people from across Calderdale will have the chance to share Hannah’s delight at winning the 100m and 200m sprint events.
Calderdale Council’s Mayor, Cllr John Hardy, says he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in Hannah’s triumph and show their support to a remarkable athlete.
“Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination. We’re all delighted for her and it will be marvellous to see crowds of people in the Piece Hall,” said Cllr Hardy.
Events are taking place across the region to celebrate the final day of the Paralympic Games.
Bandstand Marathon will see hundreds of community concerts taking place throughout the UK. 12 events are taking place within Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire.
Between 1pm-5pm Crows Nest Park in Dewsbury will have a wide variety of music, including The Sikh Youth Dhol Academy; Sellers International Youth Brass Band; Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers; and Claudio Kron do Brazil, bringing a taste of Afro-Brazilian indigenous culture and tradition to the event.
There will also be a collective moment across events nationwide whereby musicians perform their own rendition of Coldplay's Viva La Vida. It will happen at 2pm at bandstands across the UK, including the bandstand at the Olympic Park.
- Grimsby (Alexandra Dock)
- Hardraw Hawes (Grounds of the Green Dragon Inn)
- Hull (Queen's Gardens Bandstand)
- Leeds (Lotherton Hall Estate)
- Pudsey (Pudsey Park)
- Rotherham (Park Office, Clifton Park Museum)
- Saltaire (Roberts Park Bandstand)
- Scarborough (Peasholm Park)
- Sheffield (Weston Park)
- Wetherby (Sandringham Park; Wetherby Bandstand)
A post box in Rawdon will be painted gold by Royal Mail to celebrate cyclist David Stone's Paralympic gold medal success. Individual first class stamps, featuring David’s image are also being produced.
The stamps will be on sale in around 500 dedicated Post Offices across the UK by Tuesday and at a further 4,700 branches thereafter.
Cyclist David Stone from Rawdon near Leeds has successfully defended his Paralympic Games title he won in China four years ago with victory in the mixed T 1-2 road race.
He was left disappointed with a bronze on Wednesday in his time trial title but was back on top form today. This is the 30-year-old's third gold medal.
There has been praise for City of Leeds swimmer Claire Cashmore after she claimed a third medal at the Paralympic Games. Tonight, she won a silver in the women's 4x100m medley relay 34 points race.
Well done to Claire Cashmore for winning her third medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Together with her silver and bronze from earlier this week Claire has been really impressive taking on the tough challenge of competing in six different events at the Games. Adding to her medal collection from Beijing and Athens with more success at a third successive Games is a real testament to her talent and dedication to her sport and we are very proud of her