Five Valleys poised to welcome home Olympic hero Pete

Stroud News and Journal: Olympic champion Pete Reed will greet fans and show off his gold medal at a special event in Nailsworth Olympic champion Pete Reed will greet fans and show off his gold medal at a special event in Nailsworth

PLANS are underway to welcome home Olympic champion Pete Reed on Saturday, September 15.

Pete and his teammates triumphed in the men's coxless four at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Saturday, August 4.

He now has two Olympic gold medals as well as three silver medals in the World Championships.

To celebrate his achievements Stroud District Council and Nailsworth Town Council are organising a special day of events.

At 11am SDC will hold a reception for Pete at the Subscription Rooms and Pete will be available to sign autographs at around 12.15pm at the front of the building.

An open top bus will then make its way through the town centre and onto Pete's hometown of Nailsworth.

The bus will travel along Russell Street, Rowcroft and onto Bath Road, arriving in Nailsworth at 1.15pm.

It will then do a circuit along Market Street, Old Market and back onto Fountain Street before making its way to Nailsworth Town Hall at 1.45pm where there will be a barbecue and reception open to all to meet Pete with his gold medal.

At 3.30pm Pete will travel to Forest Green Rovers to make an appearance on the pitch at half time and will stay to watch the second half of the game against Alfreton Town.

Mayor of Nailsworth, Steve Robinson, said: "This should be a very exciting occasion for the town and I look forward to welcoming Pete and congratulating him on his achievement. "I hope that people will turn out and line the streets with their union jack flags to greet him."

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