Hundreds line the streets for Jenny’s homecoming parade
Published on: 31 Mar 2014
CROWDS turned out in Downend to cheer Olympic bronze medal winner Jenny Jones on her celebration open-top bus tour.
The Sochi success visited her former primary school in Hambrook before meeting staff and students at Downend School.
The young people had the chance to ask Jenny lots of questions and see the women's slopestyle snowboarding medal that she won in the Winter Games.
Head teacher William Roberts said: “Jenny’s achievement just goes to prove that with determination and perseverance, somebody from an ordinary background can achieve great things. She is a great inspiration to our community and we are proud that she chose to visit Downend School as part of her 'homecoming' parade.”
Three television crews and numerous radio and newspaper journalists were there to record Jenny's procession through Downend, accompanied on the bus by her friends and family and the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Ian Boulton.
The party made its way to City Hall for a reception hosted by Bristol's Lord Mayor.
Jenny, who grew up in Downend, where her parents Pete and Helen still live, said she really enjoyed her day out.
"My favourite part was in Downend where I grew up. It was lovely to see everyone cheering and waving, it was a real highlight," she said.
She also told Downend Voice publisher Gary Brindle that our March edition, featuring her win on its front page, had pride of place on her mum and dad's mantelpiece.