Northern Ireland

Homecoming welcome for games hero Jason Smyth

A special homecoming parade is being held in County Londonderry to celebrate Jason Smyth's success at the Paralympics in London.

The sprinter waa greeted in his home village of Eglinton on Saturday by Derry Mayor Kevin Campbell.

A guard of honour was formed by athletes from his home club, the City of Derry Spartans.

The 25-year-old, who has 10% vision, won two gold medals for Team Ireland in the 100 metre and 200 metre races.

Earlier this week he was honoured with a golden post-box in Eglinton.

Royal Mail initially said they would not be painting the post box because Smyth ran for Team Ireland and not Team GB.

But the company reversed that decision after public pressure.

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