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Great Britain's Jessica-Jane Applegate on the podium with her gold medal after the Women's 200m Freestyle - S14 Final at the Aquatics Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 2, 2012. See PA story: PARALYMPICS Swimming. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
GOLDEN Girl Jessica-Jane Applegate will get a hero’s welcome when she returned from the Paralympics next week.
Before the teenager set off for the Games in London she was given a civic good luck send-off and a special pennant and now Great Yarmouth will mark her return to the borough, with a gold medal in the 200m freestyle swimming competition.
On Saturday September 15, there will be a town centre parade for Gorleston girl Jessica-Jane, followed by a civic reception and balcony appearance at the Town Hall in Yarmouth.
Setting off from the Town Hall at 9.55am on a land train, Jessica-Jane will then be taken along Nottingham Way, St Peters Road, Deneside, and King Street, and through the Market Place not long after 10am, the route will continue down The Conge, then back to Town Hall.
The borough council is hoping local people will turn out to cheer Jessica-Jane’s achievement as she passes through and is inviting residents to stand beneath the balcony at the front of the Town Hall building for her appearance at around 10.30am.
Colleen Walker, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, who is to host the reception, said: “Jessica-Jane is a local girl and the borough council is really keen to show her just how proud we, and Great Yarmouth’s residents, are of her achievement.
“Most, if not all of the borough residents watched the race and it would be fantastic if we can get as many people as possible to come out on the Saturday morning and show her what her gold medal win means to Great Yarmouth and to Norfolk.”