Band hits the high notes to welcome home Paralympics medal hero Ollie

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HUCKNALL and Linby Mining Community Brass has achieved a double Olympic success.

The band were not only invited to take part in the Olympic Flame Festival at Nottingham’s Ice Arena at the beginning of the Olympics, they also took part in Ashfield’s homecoming celebrations for a local athlete following the Paralympics.

Ashfield District Council organised last Friday’s event, held at Kirkby’s Kingsway Park, and it featured Paralympic swimmer Ollie Hynd.

“Ollie, who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Games, was escorted onto the stage by his parents to enthusiastic cheers from a very large crowd and was accompanied by the band playing ‘Chariots of Fire’,” said band spokesman Ernie Whyley. “The music was arranged especially for the band by the our talented euphonium player, Chris Knapp.”

Chris is a Hucknall lad who is studying music at Nottingham University.

The homecoming event saw hundreds of local people turn up to celebrate the young athlete’s achievements.

“We were really chuffed to be asked to attend this event and it was a big achievement for the band to be included in the beginning and at the end of all the Olympic celebrations,” added Ernie.

The band have now returned to the rehearsal room to prepare for the Pride of Hucknall event which will be held on Saturday September 22 in the Central Methodist Church on Baker Street.