Crowds welcome Hannah home!

Halifax crowds celebrate Hannah Cockrofts double gold at the Paralympics in the Piece Hall.
Halifax crowds celebrate Hannah Cockrofts double gold at the Paralympics in the Piece Hall.
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Hundreds of people packed out the Piece Hall to welcome home Calderdale’s golden girl Hannah Cockroft.

Double Paralympic gold medallist Hannah arrived just after 6pm this evening to rapturous applause from her adoring public.

Halifax crowds celebrate Hannah Cockrofts double gold at the Paralympics in the Piece Hall.

Halifax crowds celebrate Hannah Cockrofts double gold at the Paralympics in the Piece Hall.

She arrived in the Piece Hall in the Mayor’s car and was accompanied on stage by Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy and his wife, Mayoress Janet Hardy, as well as her mum Rachel and her brothers Josh and Dan.

After a brief introduction by the Mayor, who paid tribute to Hannah’s incredible achievement and welcomed her home to Calderdale, the Paralympic champion was then interviewed on stage by compete Pete Emmett.

“I’m a bit emotional,” said Hannah.

“This is wicked. I’ve never seen the Piece Hall so full.”

On her wonderful success, Hannah said: “Nobody goes to the Paralympics to win a bronze so I just wanted to do my job.

“During the games I’ve put my family through hell and back but I couldn’t have done it without them.

“They’ve given up their lives to let me live mine and I want to thank them.

“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the help and support everyone has given me and I want to thank anyone who has ever shouted my name.

“If you’re on your own it can be lonely at the top and I appreciate what everyone has done.”

Crowds had started to gather as early as 4.30pm and while Hannah met members of Calderdale Council at the Town Hall, the audience at the Piece Hall were entertained by performances by the Bavarian Stompers, the Halifax Young Singers and Halifax town crier Les Cutts.

There was an on stage interview with the parents of Mytholmroyd’s Paralympic medallist Karen Darke, who won silver in the H1-2 time trial at London 2012.

Also interviewed on stage were members of Hannah’s Halifax coaching staff Malcolm Kielty, Andy Atkinson and Brian Burdon from Halifax Harriers.