Ellie Simmonds to be welcomed back to Aldridge on open top bus

Swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds will be welcomed back to her home town on board an open top bus to celebrate her Paralympic success, it was revealed today.

Ellie Simmonds
Ellie Simmonds

The homecoming reception has been organised following discussions with the 17-year-old's family.

Ellie, who bagged two golds, a silver and a bronze at this year's Games, will board the bus on October 8 after visiting her golden postbox in Aldridge High Street.

She will be waved off by pupils from her former primary school Cooper & Jordan before travelling to Walsall Town Hall to take part in a question and answer session with young people.

Ellie, whose family home is in Aldridge, said she wanted to do something other young people could enjoy.

"The support has been amazing and it's nice to think I can thank all the people who watched the games on TV or listened on the radio in Walsall," she said.

"I also wanted to involve pupils from my old school which has re-named its pool in my honour and recognise Aldridge as that's where I call home."

Full details of the bus route and timings are set to be announced shortly.

Mayor of Walsall Councillor Dennis Anson today said: "Ellie has made us so proud and we wanted to make a fuss of her when she returned from London.

"But we always wanted Ellie to decide what sort of reception she'd like. We've talked to her and her family and she'd like an open top bus and an opportunity for borough youngsters to be able to share in this celebration.

"She is an inspirational role model for all ages but the fact that she wants to give something back to young people is a lovely gesture.

"It promises to be an unforgettable day for those youngsters who take part but it is also an opportunity for Ellie's supporters and well wishers in Aldridge and Walsall to turn out and applaud her fantastic achievement," he added.

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Comments for: "Ellie Simmonds to be welcomed back to Aldridge on open top bus"

frank russel

Will the gamesmakers that live in walsall be invited to ellies home coming