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Olympic Square opens

Published on Friday, 2nd December 2016

Olympic square opening

The achievements of Hambleton’s medal winning athletes have been marked.

Northallerton’s Town Square was today (December 1) renamed ‘Olympic Square’ in honour of the district’s Olympians and Paralympians.

Para-rower Laurence Whitleley - who took the gold medal in Rio this year - and Nicola Wilson, who took silver in the equestrian team eventing in 2012, unveiled special plaques commemorating their successes.

There is also a plaque for Kat Copeland who took gold in 2012 for rowing - and the District Council will mark future successes by local Paralympian and Olympians by inserting plaques into the pavement of the town centre square.

“The achievements of our local athletes over the last two games have made us all proud to live in Hambleton,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“Laurence, Kat and Nicola are a testament to hard work and determination. They are already inspiring a new generation of young athletes just starting out on their sporting journeys - and I know they are all training very hard for their next competitions.  And perhaps the next games in 2018 too!

“We hope to add many more names to the square over the coming years.”

The plaques made by Dales of Thirsk and installed by Foden Spence Construction of Stokesley.