Old gold to meet new on Olympic parade
ROWER Peter Reed won't be the only man in Nailsworth with two Olympic golds today.
Picture framer Mark Lowe will proudly display his grandfather's medals, won at the 1924 and 1928 Games, too.
"It's tremendously exciting to see Pete Reed in his home town again, with his medals," said Mark, who runs his picture framing shop in Bridge Street. "And I thought it would be a good opportunity for people to see another pair of gold medals too."
Thousands are expected to hail the double coxless four champion today, as he makes his way from a civic reception in Stroud to a meet-and-greet with Nailsworth residents on the open top bus.
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And they will have the chance to see Mark's paternal grandfather's medals, won in the 800m on the track in Paris and Amsterdam.
He was the first runner to retain an Olympic title for the two lap race. He was a British champion over 440 yards and 880 yards, and went on to become a crown court judge.
They are not the originals though – the International Olympic Committee replaced them after Douglas's house was burgled in 1935.
"It made front page news in theLondon Evening Standard," said Mark. "It was the third major burglary in north London in three days. Jewellery and valuables worth £1,000 were taken."
Peter Reed will be at Stroud Subscription Rooms forecourt at 12.15pm before the bus top tour around Stroud, then will head to Nailsworth for 1.45pm.