Aldridge hosting parade for Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds

Aldridge is to hold a parade in honour of home-grown swimming star Ellie Simmonds later this month.

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Businesses in the town are helping to stage a day-long celebration that will raise money for the Paralympic gold medallist’s chosen charity, Dwarf Sport Association.

The Golden Girl Parade and Charity Gala, where Ellie will be guest of honour, is on October 13. The parade will go through Aldridge High Street and past her gold postbox.

The float will be decorated by youngsters from the swimmer’s former school, Cooper and Jordan CE and will carry Ellie and a group of young sports people from schools and societies.

A signing session is due to take place in High Street between 1 and 2pm. One of the organisers Ross Warwood said today: “As well as celebrating Ellie’s success, this event aims to bring the Aldridge community together, to maintain the great feeling generated by the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

It comes after council bosses announced an open-top bus tour of Walsall in honour of Ellie. It will take place next Monday.