Ellie’s Homecoming Parade

Ellie's Walsall Homecoming 5

Big crowds cheer Ellie Simmonds’ open top bus celebration in Walsall.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Walsall to welcome home double Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.

The 17-year-old, who also won two gold medals in Beijing, was taken to see her golden post box on Aldridge High Street.

She also stopped off at Cooper & Jordan C of E School, where she used to be a pupil, to officially open their re-named swimming pool.

Then it was an open-top bus tour through Walsall – she was greeted by hundreds of cheering fans outside the Town Hall.


Ellie told Free Radio she was delighted to be celebrating back in her home town.

“It’s amazing to be honest.

“To go to my old primary school, Cooper and Jordan, to open the pool that I used to swim in which has been re-named after me and to speak to loads of kids, it’s amazing.”

Ellie’s former coach at Boldmere Swimming Club, Ashley Cox, said: “It’s well earned and every fuss should be made of Eleanor for her achievements.”

Click below to hear Ellie speaking to Free Radio’s Arran Bee about the support of her home town, who her sporting inspiration was and her thoughts on Rio 2016:

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