Jessica Jane Applegate welcomed home to Great Yarmouth

  • 16 September 2012
  • From the section Norfolk
Jessica Jane Applegate
Image caption Jessica-Jane Applegate shows off her gold medal as she travels through Great Yarmouth

Norfolk's only gold medallist from London 2012 has paraded through her home town in a seafront land-train.

Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate, from Belton, Great Yarmouth, won the women's S14 200m freestyle.

The 16-year-old, who has Aspergers Syndrome, was applauded by hundreds as she travelled along the Golden Mile to the market place in Great Yarmouth.

She then appeared on the balcony of the Town Hall with the mayor Colleen Walker, where she showed off her medal.

Councillor Walker said: "We had people jumping out in front of us to shout well done to Jessica.

"It was phenomenal. It's the goodwill factor and Jessica's our goodwill.

"There's going to be a new generation of children who will aspire to be just like Jessica and what more can you ask for?"

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