Over 5,000 people turned out in Leeds on Monday evening to welcome home the city’s victorious Olympic athletes. The ceremony, held in Millennium Square, featured all competitors from the area taking part in the games and were led by triathlon stars Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, cyclist Lizzie Armitstead and boxer Nicola Adams, all gold medallists over the past couple of weeks.
The Brownlees were full of joy and emotion, declaring the site of so many people turning out to welcome them back in their home town as “absolutely amazing”. Armistead, winner of the women’s cycling road race event, said that the last two weeks had been the best of her life.
Council leader Keith Wakefield said: “It’s just been an absolute inspiration day after day. We’re thinking of declaring independence because we’ve won so many medals,” referring to the fact that if it were a country, Yorkshire would have ended up 12th on the overall medal table. We’ve got a feeling that Christmas parties in Leeds could potentially be in the running for a few gongs this December too, but that’s just us!
Boxer Adams, who made history by becoming the first ever winner of the women’s boxing event, recorded a special video message for fans as she could not attend, saying “I really want to bring the gold medal and show it to everybody in Yorkshire.”
We here at Eventa have certainly been as inspired as the people of Leeds by the games and this weekend we will be heading up to both London and Nottingham to run large summer events that will include some sporting hilarity and medal ceremonies as part of the packages.
Rest assured lovers of Christmas party nights that we will be bringing this element to some of our festive events too, and that we shall return from the Midlands in possession of a few mock Mo-bot photos!