GOLD medal winner Jade Jones will enjoy an open top bus victory parade through her home town this weekend before a firework finale.
On Saturday the tae kwon-do under-57kg champion will tour Flint to show off her medal to supporters who have been eager to welcome her home from the London 2012 Olympic Games. The evening’s events will begin with a private civic reception at Flint Town Hall, to which the public are not allowed.
Jade will then make an appearance on the balcony of the town hall at about 6.45pm before starting the open top bus tour at 7pm.
The route will be Church Street, Halkyn Street, Old London Road, Royal Drive, Windsor Drive, Halkyn Street (towards town centre), Chapel Street, Prince of Wales Avenue, top of Woodfield Avenue, Ffordd Llewelyn, Albert Avenue, Prince of Wales Avenue, bottom of Woodfield Avenue, Chester Road, Swan Bridge to the Life Boat Station car park where it is expected to arrive at about 7.50pm. There will be music by the Holywell Band followed by fireworks.
Mayor of Flint Cllr Vicky Perfect said: “We are immensely looking forward to giving Jade the homecoming she richly deserves. Flint Town Council has supported her throughout and is ecstatic to be honouring her with this civic reception.
“We hope Flint people will put their flags out and come down to the town hall to show Jade how much we value her outstanding achievement in the Olympics.”
And it is hoped Jade’s success will encourage more people to take up the sport.
Flintshire County Council chief executive Colin Everett said: “Jade’s success will I hope inspire many Flintshire residents of all ages to take part in sport.
“Tae kwon-do has strong local links and the county council’s sports development team will work closely with local associations, clubs and coaches to promote the sport. An upsurge in demand for beginners’ courses can be expected following Jade’s inspirational Olympic success.”