Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Parade for Olympic champion Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold's Olympic exploits will be celebrated at a parade in her honour

Britain's gold medal-winning Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold will today be honoured with an open-top bus parade through her home village and surrounding area.

Hundreds of supporters of the 25-year-old will turn out to mark her achievement in winning Great Britain's only gold medal in the skeleton at the Sochi Games.

She will be waved off at Sevenoaks District Council's HQ in Kent before being greeted by some 1,000 children on her first stop at Riverhead Primary School.

The bus will move on to Knole Academy in Sevenoaks where Yarnold, from nearby West Kingsdown, will be handed artwork by children and present a sporting trophy to a pupil.

A large crowd is expected to greet the Winter Olympic champion as the bus then travels to Sevenoaks town centre and slowly drives up the High Street.

And more than 400 children are due to turn out to greet the star when the bus stops off at Sevenoaks' Vine Cricket Ground - one of England's oldest cricket venues.

Yarnold will take a trip down memory lane later when she heads to her old primary school, St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, to meet 600 children and parents.

Another school stop-off will follow before the bus travels to another of her old haunts, Brands Hatch race circuit, where she worked before her Olympic success.

Her final stop will be in her home village, at West Kingsdown Primary School, where hundreds of children will line up outside and pupils from each class will present her with a handmade gift.

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