Gloucestershire cheers Nailsworth Olympic rowing hero, Peter Reed
Crowds, bunting and Union Jack flags lined the streets of Stroud and Nailsworth today as the return of an Olympic hero was eagerly awaited.
As the Liberty Festival got into full swing at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud, Olympic gold medal rower, Peter Reed MBE, was honoured with a civic reception upstairs in the ballroom. As an excited crowd waited outside for a glimpse of their hero, 'Deaf Diva' Caroline Parker (who performed at the opening ceremony of the Paralympics) kept them entertained with a stunning musical performance.
The waiting throng cheered when Reed eventually appeared on the Sub Rooms balcony, where he thanked everybody for giving him such a fantastic homecoming before proudly holding aloft his two Olympic gold medals.
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After boarding his open-top bus, he set off on the five-mile journey to his home town of Nailsworth, where yet more proud fans excitedly awaited his arrival.
Cheers went up as the flashing blue lights of the bus tour's police escort came into view, followed by a waving Peter Reed atop the gold-bedecked double decker. To the delight of the flag-waving crowds lining the streets, the entourage completed two full circuits of the pretty market town, before alighting at the Town Hall steps, where the Olympic rower received yet another hero's welcome. Hundreds crammed into the building to catch a glimpse of their hero and his medals.
After a busy meet and greet the Olympic star dropped in on Forest Green Rovers FC, where he enjoyed watching his home team play a match against Alfreton Town.