SLIDESHOW: Mansfield pays tribute to Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington

MANSFIELD’s swim queen Rebecca Adlington announced her retirement today to close a chapter on her glorious career.

The record-breaking gold medalist shot to national fame when she won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, during which she smashed the 800m freestyle world record.

08-1925-4''Rebecca Adlington parade

08-1925-4''Rebecca Adlington parade

On her return to her home time, Adlington was met by thousands of fans during a special open top bus parade through the town as well as a civic ceremony.

Take a look back at our special slideshow of the big event.