Red-carpet reception for Olympic gymnasts

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Hucknall’s Team GB gymnastic stars, Becky and Ellie Downie, celebrated the success of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil in the summer with local supporters at an event in Kirkby.

Together with Kirkby’s double Paralympic gold medallist Ollie Hynd, the Downie sisters arrived in chauffeur-driven cars, decorated in red, white and blue, for the reception at Kirkby Plaza.

The stars met fans, signed autographs and posed for photographs at the Active Ashfield and Ashfield District Council -organised event.

The Downie sisters said: “We had a fabulous time. Thank you Active Ashfield and Ashfield District Council for your continued support.”

Coun Jim Aspinall, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at the council, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the people of Ashfield to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Ashfield’s top level athletes .”