UPDATE: Hannah set to become a Freewoman

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Calderdale’s double gold medallist Hannah Cockroft is set to become a Freewoman of the Borough.

A special meeting of Calderdale Council will be held on September 27 to confirm the honour, which was recommended at last night’s cabinet meeting.

Arrangements will then be made for a formal presentation ceremony for the highest honour the council can bestow.

Meanwhile, our golden girl is set for a real Calderdale welcome when she returns from her Paralympic triumph - with a civic celebration in her honour at Halifax’s Piece Hall on Thursday evening.

The public event is where people from across the area will have the chance to share Hannah’s delight at winning the 100m and 200m events.

Celebrations at the Piece Hall are due to start at 4.30pm, when comedian, after-dinner speaker and comedy writer, Pete Emmett will interview people who have played in important role in Hannah’s life - including her former primary school headteacher, former sports teacher and her coaches.

An oompah band - led by one of Calderdale’s Olympic torchbearers, Frank Chislett - and the Halifax Young Singers will provide the entertainment before Hannah arrives with the Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor John Hardy, at 6pm.

He said he hopes people from across the borough will take the opportunity to share in her triumph and show their support.

“Well done to Hannah! Her triumph is one of which Calderdale can be really proud. She is an inspiration to us all, showing what can be achieved with Yorkshire grit and determination. We’re all delighted for her and it will be marvellous to see crowds of people in the Piece Hall showing their love and support,” said Coun Hardy.

“I would urge people to come out, join in the celebrations and make it a night to remember for Hannah and the people of Calderdale.

“I’m delighted that Cabinet is recommending to Council that we confer upon her the status of Freewoman of the Borough and I am sure that Members of Full Council will give it their full support,” he added.

Hannah’s mum, Rachel Cockroft, says she is delighted with the support that Hannah has already received.

“There are lots of people who have helped Hannah along the way,” she said.

Council leader Tim Swift, said cabinet was delighted to recommend that Hannah is made a Freewoman.

“This is the highest accolade that the council can bestow and reflects the pride and admiration we all have for Hannah.”