Leeds welcomes back Paralympics heroes

Captions from top: David Stone MBE shares a joke on stage with compere Rich Williams of 96.3 Radio Aire

- 'Hurricane Hannah' Cockroft shows her two gold medals to the crowd

- Group shot with Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr Ann Castle flanked by David Stone MBE (left) and Claire Cashmore (right) with Hannah Cockroft (front left) and Ali Jawad (front right)

- Another group shot with the medals on show

- The celebratory streamers go off at the end of the event in front of Civic Hall

Leeds today welcomed back the four Paralympics GB athletes based in the city with a celebration event at Civic Hall and Millennium Square.

The event was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle and featured appearances by double gold medallist wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft, cyclist David Stone MBE (gold and bronze winner), swimmer Claire Cashmore (two silver and a bronze) and powerlifter Ali Jawad who are all train in Leeds.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“It was great to see so many people at the celebration event, thanks to everyone for coming along. It made for a lovely atmosphere which all four of our Paralympians really appreciated.

"This has been a magical few weeks for the whole country to enjoy and it has been fantastic to see Leeds and Yorkshire at the forefront of both the Olympics and Paralympics. We will always look back on London 2012 with memories of an amazing time and hope it has inspired people of all ages and especially young people to get involved in sport and realise dreams can come true.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk