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Crowds cheer Peaty on open top bus tour in Uttoxeter

Adam Peaty shook hands with well wishers
Image caption Adam Peaty shook hands with well wishers on Uttoxeter's packed high street

The success of Olympic gold medallist Adam Peaty has been marked with an open top bus tour in his home town.

Peaty, 21, who won Great Britain's first medal of Rio 2016 with gold in the men's 100m breaststroke, toured through Uttoxeter.

Peaty's nan, Mavis Williams, who captured hearts with her social media support of the swimmer, was among family members on the bus with him.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer and applaud him.

Image caption The bus went past Adam Peaty's old school where children had made flags and banners to wave in support

On the steps of Uttoxeter's town hall, he said he would now look "to the future".

Peaty was presented with a "book of pride" signed by people from across the town.

He told BBC reporter Martyn Williams, who travelled on the tour: "Uttoxeter has given me so much over the years. It's where I was born, I was born in this house and it is where my first club was.

"It's where is all started so it's important, obviously, to recognise that and hopefully inspire the next generation of swimmers."

Image caption Peaty thanked people in Uttoxeter for their support

Mrs Williams, 74, expected many of her friends to be there. "It's going to stop a few minutes down the road [from their homes] so they can all see," she said ahead of the event.

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Image caption Peaty became the first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse in Seoul in 1988

Peaty broke his own world record in Rio by winning in 57.13 seconds, well clear of the field.

The success in August made him first British man to win an Olympic swimming gold medal since Adrian Moorhouse, who won the same event in Seoul in 1988.

Peaty, who also took silver in the men's 4x100m medley relay, displayed both medals.

Image caption Crowds gathered in the rain to cheer Adam Peaty

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