Vil­lAge shows off its pride for OlympiAn Louis

Team GB touch­down af­ter in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance in Rio

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Peter­bor­ough’s sil­ver medal­lists Louis Smith and Nick Dempsey were among Great Bri­tain’s tri­umphant Olympians who touched down at Heathrow on Tues­day fol­low­ing the most suc­cess­ful Games in more than a cen­tury. And it did not take long for gym­nast Louis to re­alise the amount of sup­port there was for him fol­low­ing his ex­ploits in Rio, with­a­ban­ner­inthevil­lage where he lives pro­claim- ing: “Con­grat­u­la­tions Louis. Help­ston is proud of you!”

There was also time for a pic­ture with Dorothy As­tle who was vis­it­ing Help­ston when she bumped into its fa­mous res­i­dent.

She said: “I’ve al­ways ad­mired Louis Smith and his in­cred­i­ble ef­forts putting UK gym­nas­tics on­themap. It was great to meet­suchacharm­ing man and­per­son­al­ly­con­grat­u­late him on that suc­cess.”

Wind­surfer Nick, who at­tended Or­ton Longueville School, also ap­peared to be re­laxed back on Bri­tish soil.

He­postedapho­toonTwit­ter show­ing scores of iden­ti­cal red bags on the ground at Heathrow with the mes­sage: “Mine’s the red one!!”.

Louis, who grew up in Eye, could also not re­sist a Twit­ter pic­ture.

Hav­ing touched down on the gold-nosed Bri­tish Air­ways Boe­ing 747, which had “vic­to­RI­Ous” em­bla­zoned on the side, he tweeted a photo of him­self with the mes­sage: “Homeeeeeee#great­to­beBAck @Bri­tish_Air­ways thank you for such an amaz­ing flight back safe and sound.”

Louis won sil­ver on the pom­mel horse - his fourth Olympics medal - while Nick is nowthe­most­dec­o­rat­ed­men’s Olympic wind­surfer with his sil­ver in the Olympic RS:X.

The ban­ner in Help­ston wel­com­ing Louis Smith home

Team GBar­riv­ing back in the UK at Heathrow

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