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Highest honour for Hannah following Paralympic sucsess

Hannah Cockcroft Photo: PA Wire

Calderdale's inspirational double gold medallist, Hannah Cockroft, is set to receive the highest honour that the Council can hand out.

Today she will become an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough during a formal presentation ceremony at the Town Hall in Halifax.

The decision to award Hannah with the prestigious accolade was unanimous. All Councillors agreed that she should be formally recognised for her eminent services to Calderdale.

At the special ceremony the Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr John Hardy, will present Hannah with the Honorary Freedom scroll and will invite her to sign the Honorary Freedom roll of honour. Hannah will then unveil her name on the Honorary Freedom plaque.

Hannah's family and friends will join her at the ceremony, as well as other Honorary Freemen and Freewomen of the Borough and Councillors.

The Halifax athlete, who has cerebral palsy, stormed to victory in the London 2012 Paralympic Games after winning two gold medals.

In May 2012 Hannah became the first person to set a world record in the Olympic Stadium in the 100m. She also carried the Olympic Torch through Brighouse.