Mansfield welcomes home sporting heroes

Rebecca Adlington waving to cheering crowds on a parade through London yesterday Photo: PA

Mansfield is preparing a welcome home fit for heroes as the Olympians and Paralympians return after the London2012 Games.

The Nottinghamshire town is welcoming back Olympic athletes Rebecca Adlington who won two bronze medals and Chris Adcock who represented Team GB in the mixed doubles badminton.

The people of Mansfield are also welcoming home brothers Sam and Ollie Hynd and Charlotte Henshaw who each won medals in the London 2012 Paralympic swimming.

Chris Adcock with team mate Imogen Bankier Credit: PA

The athletes will appear on stage in the town's market square during the homecoming, while scenes of them competing in the Games will be shown on a big screen around 6.00pm.

The Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton said:

"This homecoming event provides the ideal opportunity for everyone from the district and the surrounding area to come together to celebrate the achievements of our local Olympic and Paralympic athletes and show our pride and our appreciation for all their hard work and dedication.

"Hopefully the Games will inspire the next generation of athletes and the event will give them the opportunity to find out how to get involved in a range of sports and activities at the sports village."

– Mayor of Mansfield Tony Egginton

There will also be Olympic-themed activities and a sports village where people feeling inspired by the Games can find out more about getting involved in swimming, hockey and wheelchair basketball.

Charlotte Henshaw, won a silver medal in the SB6 100m breastroke Credit: PA

Rebecca Adlington made history during the Games becoming the UK's first woman to win swimming medals at two successive Olympic Games, winning bronze in the 800m freestyle and 400m freestyle.

This follows two gold medals she won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after which she was made an OBE by the Queen.

Brothers Sam and Olly Hynd proudly wearing their medals Credit: PA

17-year-old Ollie Hynd won a gold medal in the 200m individual medley in the S8 category as well as setting a new European record. He also picked up silver in the S8 400m freestyle and a bronze medal in the S8 100m backstroke.

Sam Hynd, 21-years-old won a bronze medal in the S8 category of the 400m freestyle, having won a gold Beijing in 2008.

Charlotte Henshaw, 24-years-old, won a silver medal in the SB6 100m breastroke.