Olympic heroes parade: 'Make ours better than London'

Bucks Free Press: Naomi Riches Naomi Riches

OLYMPIC heroes will parade through Wycombe tomorrow and have challenged fans to make the celebration even better than London.

Medal winning stars of the 2012 games toured through the capital earlier this month to bask in the glory of their triumphs.

Now, Wycombe district's top sporting names will take part in an open top bus parade tomorrow through the streets of Marlow and High Wycombe, from 10am.

Click here for a schedule of the celebration.

Athletes Katherine Grainger, Greg Searle, Ed McKeever, Craig Gibbons, Kevin Brooks, John Worrall and Ian Rose have now confirmed places on board the bus which will also carry Torch Bearers Lauren Badger and Jasmine Boffin with their respective Olympic and Paralympic torches.

Alex Danson, star player of the women's Great Britain hockey team which won bronze, said: "The parade through London was great and it was an opportunity to show our medals, say thank you and to see lots of people.

"If we can replicate that here it will be brilliant. It was unbelievable in London, really special.

"Let's see if we can match it and outdo London, that would be great." Alex, 27, who has recently moved from Marlow to High Wycombe, was joint top scorer at the Olympics.

She said: "We've won the medal but I think any athlete will say that it's the people who made it.

"It's our opportunity to say thank you for coming out and supporting us. I hope as many people come out as possible to say a massive thank you for getting behind us.

"It should be fantastic."

Greg Searle, who made an incredible comeback, aged 40 to win a rowing bronze medal, said: "I hope we'll get decent weather and get something like the reaction we got in London, anything like that would be amazing, it was so good.

"We wanted the Olympic fun to carry on that day and it did and I hope we can get that in Marlow and High Wycombe."

Paralympic gold medal winning rower Naomi Riches is one star who is unable to be there, but delivered this message to fans: "I am sad I can't be in Marlow to celebrate such an incredible summer, but my post box is there and I really want everyone to enjoy the day.

"I am enjoying some time off in Corsica so that I am well rested for the season ahead. Without the fantastic support from the people in Marlow I wouldn't have had such an epic year. It truly has been one that I will never forget."

Royal Mail painted Marlow's High Street postbox gold to mark her victory.

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