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Hundreds gather at Flint Sports and Social Club to show support for tae kwon-do ace Jade Jones

IT WAS a night to remember as hundreds of supporters packed into Flint Sports and Social Club to watch Jade Jones claim gold.

More than 1,000 pints of lager and 700 pints of bitter were drunk by thirsty spectators who set up base at the club from 9am last Thursday to see the teenager fight to bring home an Olympic gold medal.

Landlady Lynda Leigh struggled to find words to describe the evening which she told the Chronicle was ‘bonkers’.

She said: “There was a brilliant atmosphere. Even people I hadn’t seen for years came out to show their support for Jade.

“There were at least 200 people here at 9.15am waiting for Jade’s first round. The club was packed all day. By the time the final came round you couldn’t move. There was crying and cheering. Everyone was behind her every step of the way.”

The town has a long history of supporting Jade. Residents clubbed together to raise the £1,600 she required to attend the qualifiers for the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, where she won gold.

Lynda added: “I can’t wait for her to come home. We are going to have a massive home-coming party to celebrate. Next time I’m going to order double the beer as I had nothing left after the final – not even a bottle of cordial!

“The next morning there was a major clean up. Lots of the locals came to help.

“There has been so much doom and gloom over the past few years. Jade’s achievement has lifted the spirits of everyone in the community. We are all very proud.”