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Etienne Stott's Olympic Homecoming

Bedford’s Olympic gold medallist, Etienne Stott will be welcomed back to the borough on Saturday 29th September with a parade through the town centre and the unveiling of the Etienne Stott White Water Arena.


Etienne will be joined by Games Makers and Torchbearers as well as volunteers who were involved in pre-games training camps in the borough.


The Olympic celebration will travel from De Parys Avenue, down the High Street and along the Embankment. It will be joined by a parade of kayaks and canoes from Etienne’s club, the Viking Kayak Club, on the river itself.  The parade will then move on to the Duckmill Weir White Water Arena which is to be renamed ‘Etienne Stott White Water Arena’ in recognition of the former Biddenham Upper School students’ Olympic success this summer.


The parade starts on De Parys Avenue at 1pm and local residents and visitors are invited to line the route and cheer all the borough representatives from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Local residents and visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic to Mill Meadows and enjoy the celebrations.


Councillor Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “The 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games gave all of us so many memorable moments, including the gold medal for Etienne Stott and it is excellent news that we are able to put on this celebration on the 29th September.


“I hope the streets will be packed to provide a fitting welcome home and celebration. It is also excellent news that we will be able to ensure a legacy for Etienne’s achievements by renaming the Duckmill Weir White Water Arena the Etienne Stott White Water Arena which we hope will inspire the next generation of athletes and competitors in Bedford.


“However, it is also important that we celebrate the roles that many other Bedford Borough residents played in the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer. The Torchbearers who carried the Olympic Torch through Bedford Borough on the 8th July helped to kick off the wonderful summer of sport. While anyone who visited the Olympic or Paralympic Games will know what an excellent job the army of volunteers and Games Makers did to help welcome the spectators every day.


“I hope many local residents will come to join in the celebration and line the route through the town centre and provide a fitting welcome for Etienne Stott and everyone involved with the Olympics in the borough.”


Torch bearers and Games Makers are invited to join the parade. All participants are asked to meet on De Parys Avenue from 12.30pm.

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