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Olympian Joe Clarke awarded Freedom of Stafford Borough

Joe Clarke celebrates his win with his parents. Credit: PA Images

Olympic medallist Joe Clarke will be awarded the Freedom of the Borough to celebrate his achievements in Rio 2016.

Councillors have voted unanimously to grant the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club paddler the honour at a meeting tonight.

Joe claimed Team GB’s second gold of the Olympic Games in the K1 men’s slalom.

The Council leader also revealed that the 23-year-old will turn on the town's Christmas lights.

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Simmonds can't wait for pyjamas and nice food at home

Ellie Simmonds has told ITV News she cannot wait to "chilling, relaxing and catching up on sleep" after her hectic but hugely successful Rio 2016.

The swimmer, who sported her gold and bronze medals in front of the flag-waving crowds at Heathrow Airport, revelled in the return, saying: "It's so nice to just be back home."

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