Join in the celebrations tomorrow with Calderdale’s paralympic heroes

Yorkshire Olympians celebration parade through Leeds city centre after rthe Rio Olympics. Hannah Cockcroft Picture Tony Johnson.

Yorkshire Olympians celebration parade through Leeds city centre after rthe Rio Olympics. Hannah Cockcroft Picture Tony Johnson.

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Calderdale’s Rio heroes will be celebrated at a free homecoming event at the Shay Stadium in Halifax tomorrow.

Halifax’s own Hannah Cockcroft and Mytholmroyd-based Steve Bate will be attending, along with Steve’s tandem cycling partner, Adam Duggleby.

Hurricane Hannah surpassed her amazing medal total from the London 2012 games, by winning three gold medals, in the 100 metres T34, the 400 metres T34, and the 800 metres T34.

Steve Bate is also a multiple medal winner, with two gold medals in the cycling road time trial B and the cycling track men’s 4000 metres individual pursuit, as well as a bronze in the men’s road race B.

The event will also celebrate the achievements of other Calderdale athletes, Karen Darke, who won gold in the women’s cycling road time trial H1- 3 and Harry Brown, who won bronze in the wheelchair basketball team.

Unfortunately Karen and Harry are unable to attend due to other commitments, but members of their family will be at the event on their behalf, with Harry’s brother Jack and Karen’s mum and dad attending.

The event will be hosted by comedian, after dinner speaker and comedy writer, Pete Emmett.

Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Howard Blagbrough, who will appear onstage at the Shay, said: “It’s a real honour to welcome our athletes back to Calderdale, and I’m privileged to be able to celebrate their achievements at this wonderful event.

“We want to share this memorable occasion with as many people in Calderdale as possible. Over 3000 people came to the 2012 celebration event, so make sure you get there early to get the best view of the stage.

“We’d also like you to share your pride and photos of the event by taking to twitter and using #RioHeroes, we’ll then retweet our favourites from the @calderdale account.”

Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council Coun Tony Hodgins will also attend.

Turnstiles will open at 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start, with refreshments available to purchase.

There is very limited car parking on site and visitors have been asked to make alternative transport arrangements if possible and allow time for the nearby roadworks on Shaw Hill.

Anyone who requires accessible parking and wheelchair access can email sport@calderdale.gov.uk with your requirements.