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Bourne to throw a party for skiing star Jade

Great Britain Paralympic medal winners Jade Etherington (left) and her guide Caroline Powell arrive back at Heathrow Airport, London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Great Britain Paralympic medal winners Jade Etherington (left) and her guide Caroline Powell arrive back at Heathrow Airport, London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

Bourne Town Council will hold a day of celebration on March 31 to mark Jade Etherington’s Paralympic success.

Town clerk Nelly Jacobs said councillors were keen to involve schools and community organisations in the event.

She added: “We have permission to use the Corn Exchange for a reception free of charge. We also have a car to drive Jade through the town.

“We want to give her some kind of keepsake that she can take away.”

The council has also approached Sainsbury’s, which sponsors the Paralympics GB team, about the possibility of supporting the event.

Mrs Jacobs said: “We are trying to give Jade the sort of reception she deserves and give the public the opportunity to see her and maybe say hello.”

Jade and guide Caroline Powell won three silver medals and one bronze in Sochi this month.

Praise for Jade’s achievements has been flooding in. Her former headmaster at The Deepings School Chris Beckett said her love of the outdoors was evident when she was a pupil. He added: “I remember Jade as being a lovely girl, very determined to succeed and overcome her disability.

“All at the school are very proud of her achievements over the last few days and we hope she will return to the school to show us her medals. I wrote to her and her family following her selection for the winter Paralympics. She is modest and a role model to us all and she thoroughly deserves every accolade possible.”

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Martin Hill (Con) added: “We are very proud of Jade here in Lincolnshire. She is such a talented youngster and an inspiration to us all.”

 

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