Ellie Simmonds: Aldridge parade for Paralympian

Ellie Simmonds and Jon-Allan Butterworth Paralympians Ellie Simmonds and Jon-Allan Butterworth were cheered by crowds

Related Stories

Paralympic star Ellie Simmonds has been honoured with a second homecoming parade in the West Midlands.

Crowds lined the streets of Aldridge to cheer on the swimmer and Paralymic cyclist Jon-Allan Butterworth as they passed by in a horse-drawn carriage.

The parade was organised by shopkeepers who knew 17-year-old Ellie when she lived in the area.

Earlier this week, the swimmer was welcomed in Walsall with an open-top bus tour.

Ellie, who won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the London Games, signed autographs after the Aldridge parade.

She said: "It's nice there's loads of people and, in this village of Aldridge, everybody knows each other and it's nice they are [all] celebrating."

Ellie relocated with her mother to Swansea at the age of 11 so she could train in an Olympic size 50-metre pool.

Jon-Allan Butterworth won three silver medals in cycling in the Paralympics.

Butterworth, of Sutton Coldfield, lost his left arm in 2007 in an insurgent rocket attack in Iraq while serving with the RAF.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country



17 °C 12 °C


  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?

  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900-year-story behind the creation of a UK parliament

  • Image of Ankor Wat using lidarJungle Atlantis

    How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest

  • TheatreBard taste? Watch

    Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?

  • Agents with the US Secret Service, such as this one, are responsible for guarding the presidentHard at work

    White House break-in adds to Secret Service woes

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.