Heroes welcome for Pete Reed at homecoming parade
THOUSANDS swayed to the Rio beat for Olympic champion Pete Reed's spectacular homecoming tour.
All along the route around Stroud and on to Nailsworth, crowds rushed to salute the oarsman's London 2012 coxless four victory.
And on the upper deck of the Stroud Life and Citizen open top bus, a samba band heralded his road to Rio 2016.
But Saturday's parade was really all about the Nailsworth Royal Navy officer soaking up the adulation of his victory on the lake at Eton Dorney.
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He spared a moment for everyone who wanted an autograph, a handshake, a photo, or a chance to hold his precious golds.
"I am so proud to be part of Team GB, part of a nation that got it right," he told guests at Stroud District Council's civic reception.
"The Olympians and Paralympians have really inspired the next generation and I have seen it for myself at home – the excitement for what has been achieved is amazing.
"I was only a minor fraction of that performance and it really is an honour to be part of this today."
Pete, who travelled on the bus with fiancee Frauke Oltmanns, mum Sue, dad Leo and sister Sarah Nichols, received a rapturous reception in Nailsworth, where he signed autographs and gave a speech at the town hall, before heading up to Forest Green Rovers' New Lawn ground for a half-time pitch appearance.