Richard Payne spoke to the Olympic gold medallist as he toured his home town of Nailsworth, Gloucestershire in an open-top bus.
Thousands lined the streets today as Peter Reed returned home to Nailsworth. The 31 year-old took gold as part of the men's coxless four rowing team at London 2012. Today he was honoured with an open top bus tour of his home town. Watch Richard Payne's report here.
After a phenomenal summer Peter Reed was given a fitting return to Gloucestershire.
After a civic reception in his honour he was paraded through the streets of Nailsworth in an open-top bus, where fans lined the streets to see the Olympian.
His mother Sue, and fiance Frauke Oltmanns were on board to share in another of Peter's big moments.
Life will probably never be the same again...I'm very proud of my Gloucestershire roots and this day will stay with me. It's a true homecoming.
Olympic rowing champion Peter Reed has expressed his joy at the welcome he has received from his home town.
The gold medallist met fans who had lined the streets of Nailsworth to see him. He was honoured with a civic reception in his home town in recognition of his achievements.
This tops off a wonderful summer. Most of the recognition has been for the team, so to have this turn-out just for me is something special. I'm delighted to share my medal with everyone.
Crowds have lined the streets of Nailsworth to welcome Olympic gold medallist Peter Reed back to the West Country.
Reed and his team retained the men's coxless four title first won in Beijing in 2008.
In celebration of his success Reed has been honoured with a civic reception this morning. It will be followed by a tour of his home town in an open top bus this afternoon.
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A homecoming celebration for Plymouth's London 2012 athletes will be hosted by Plymouth City Council on Wednesday 19 September.
Diver Tom Daley, who won a bronze medal in the 10-metre individual men’s platform event and 15-year old Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, who won gold in the 100-metre women’s breaststroke, will be among athletes taking part in the event.
The celebration will include an open top bus parade and an event in the city centre, as well as a civic reception hosted by Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Michael Wright.The event will take place in the early evening, after school, so that children and young people can join in.
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