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Nottinghamshire Tour for 'Blade-runner' Richard Whitehead

13 September 2012
Paralympic gold medallist Richard Whitehead is preparing for a celebration tour of south Nottinghamshire in recognition of his stunning performances at London 2012.

The Paralympian struck gold in the 200m T42 race with a world record time, and made the final of the 100m T42 as well.

Richard has already had a postbox painted gold as a tribute by Royal Mail in Lowdham, and BBC Radio Nottingham is organising the tour on Friday 14 September so members of the public can congratulate him on his success.

Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham City Council will be among the organisations preparing to welcome him as part of the open top bus parade. It will culminate in a celebration at the Market Square at lunchtime.

He has previously worked for both organisations in sports development, and was one of the first recipients of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars fund, which supports sporting talent locally. He worked for the county council in the mid 2000s promoting sport in the community.

Richard also helped launch Nottinghamshire County Council’s Fitter Twitter social media drive offering healthy living tweets to Twitter followers in the run–up to the Games.

At the City Council, Richard worked at Clifton Leisure Centre as a swimming instructor and in 2008 he worked at Oakfield School as a multi skills coach delivering disability sports in schools. In 2010 he gave up this to concentrate on his sport full time.

The opened topped double decker leaves BBC Radio Nottingham after 8.30am and Mark Dennison’s mid morning show will be live from the top deck with Richard.

The tour is making stops in Lowdham, Radcliffe on Trent, West Bridgford and arrives at County Hall mid-morning where Richard will meet Nottinghamshire County Council Leader Kay Cutts and Nottinghamshire County Council Vice-Chairman Coun Barrie Cooper.

Coun Cutts said: “We are delighted to be supporting this open top tour for Richard Whitehead who is a fantastic ambassador for us all following his fantastic performances at London 2012. It will be wonderful to share in the celebrations of his success as a community.”

Richard will then sign the visitor’s book before the bus tour then travels along Trent Bridge to Nottingham city centre, where Richard will take part in another signing ceremony with the Sheriff of Nottingham, City Councillor Merlita Bryan in the Old Market Square in the city.

The Sheriff said: “We are very proud of Richard and all he has achieved and it is an honour and pleasure to join him as he celebrates his magnificent success at London 2012.”

For more details about the event, including a timed schedule, please visit www.facebook.com/BBCRadioNottingham.

Nottinghamshire County Council is also hosting a civic reception for all local members of Team GB, officials and coaches, at Trent Bridge, the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, on October 9.

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