Stone Town Council, with the Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, are preparing to welcome our Olympic gold medal winner, Joe Clarke, back to Stone in style.
Bank Holiday Monday will see Stone High Street and Westbridge Park transformed into a fitting showcase for a champion. Westbridge Park will be welcoming guests from 12:00pm to bring a picnic, enjoy a hog roast, cool with an ice-cream or relish any of the other food and drink on offer. Some may even enjoy a drink from Stone’s own Lymestone Brewery’s stand.
BBC Radio Stoke will compere events at the park – be sure to come early to have the best view of the stage.
From 2:00pm to 2:30pm St Michaels Church bells will be rung in honour of Joe, then at 2:30pm Joe will be part of a parade down Stone High Street, arriving at Westbridge Park at around 3:00pm. BBC Radio Stoke will be interviewing Joe and his immediate team on the stage, and the Town Mayor will be congratulating him on behalf of the town. Joe will then be available to meet members of the audience and sign autographs.
To continue the party atmosphere, music will then be provided by Ben Owen, followed by The Cartoon Kings.
Jim Davies, Stone Town Mayor, said
“It is a great honour to be able to welcome Joe back to the town after his tremendous achievement in Rio. I look forward to being able to congratulate him personally on Monday”.
Jill Hood, Chairman of Stone Town Council’s Tourism and Town Promotion Sub-Committee said
“This is an opportunity for the whole town to join in the celebrations with Joe and to welcome visitors to our golden town”.
Andy Neave, Joe’s former coach, simply added
“From Stone to Gold”