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Hannah Cockroft to be awarded Freedom of Calderdale

Crowds at Piece Hall in Halifax
Image caption Large crowds gathered in Halifax to welcome Cockroft home

Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft is set to be awarded the freedom of the Borough of Calderdale.

Large crowds cheered as Cockroft returned to her hometown of Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Earlier the 20-year-old joined fellow West Yorkshire Paralympians David Stone, Claire Cashmore and Ali Jawad at a special ceremony in Leeds.

Wheelchair racer Cockroft won two gold medals in the women's T34 100m and 200m wheelchair sprints.

Cockroft said: "Seeing all these people it is just amazing. I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me."

'Marking achievements'

She added she was "honoured" that she was set to become a Freewoman of the Borough.

A crowd of more than 300 had greeted Cockroft and other Paralympians in Leeds earlier.

Image caption The double gold medallist said she was thankful for the support she had received

Lord Mayor of Leeds Ann Castle said the event in Millennium Square was "the perfect way to mark" their achievements.

Cyclist David Stone, 31, from Rawdon, West Yorkshire, won gold in the cycling mixed T1-2 road race.

Leeds swimmer Claire Cashmore, 24, won two silver medals in the women's SB8 100m breaststroke and 4x100m medley relay team and a bronze in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay.

Powerlifter Ali Jawad came fourth in the men's 56kg.

A parade was held in London on Monday to celebrate the achievements of Team GB and Paralympics GB.

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