Adam Peaty, the golden boy of the British Olympic swimming team, returned home to a hero’s welcome. Adam smashed his own world record to leave his 100m breaststroke rivals toiling as he claimed Britain’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics. He went on to swim even faster as he helped the 4 x 100m medley relay team to a silver medal.
Uttoxeter celebrated Adam’s achievement with an open top bus tour of his home town and the presentation of a Book of Pride signed by the residents of Uttoxeter. Despite the cold and rain hundreds of well-wishers turned out to join the celebration. As the bus turned into High Street, Adam and his family disembarked to greet the waiting fans lining the route to Uttoxeter’s Town Hall where Mayor Councillor Alan Noyes made the presentation. Adam and his family were also invited into the Town Hall where he cut a cake to mark the occasion.
“It’s very wet, very cold but an amazing turn out, it’s been absolutely great,” said Adam afterwards. “The people have been so supportive, absolutely amazing throughout the games. It’s where my first club was, where it all started. It’s so important to recognise that and hopefully inspire the next generation of swimmers and athletes.”