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JADE'S OUR; Castle lit up in tribute as Olympic taekwondo star is welcomed home to Flint.

Byline: MARI JONES and BEN BUTLER Daily Post Reporter

FLINT Castle was lit up in gold in honour of the town's Olympic hero Jade Jones.

The golden finale capped off a memorable evening of celebrations in the town on Saturday which included a fireworks display at the castle.

Earlier the crowds had turned out to catch a glimpse of Jade as she appeared on the town hall balcony following a civic reception, before being paraded in an open top bus.

There were banners and flags everywhere and an electric atmosphere as the town came out in force.

Jade said: "I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone because when I'm in that ring it does mean so much and I can feel the whole of Flint backing me.

"Knowing everyone was there for me before the final just gave me that extra boost in thinking everyone's at home watching me I'm not going back without getting a gold medal."

Jade - who won her second Olympic gold in Rio in the - 57kg taekwondo, already has the local leisure centre named after her and a postbox painted gold in her honour following her London 2012 win.

Since her victory Jade told how she has been inundated with requests to do red carpet events and photo shoots.

But she has found time to buy a Pomeranian dog which she has named Cristo after Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

She plans to have a two month break before getting back to training.

Vicky Perfect, keeper of keys at Flint Castle said: "I thought lighting up the castle in gold would make a stunning end to a perfect evening, and it was.

"I was standing close to Jade and she really was touched.

"I saw her grandad and he was choked up to see so many people out to celebrate his granddaughter, he's so proud of her as we all are in Flint.

"We ended up with Jade's family and friends at the football club where the celebrations continued," said Vicky.

"It was a night the town will always remember she's done us so proud, and I think we've done her proud.

Vicky said the castle was lit up in gold for one night only, but talks are under way with Cadw to get permanent lighting on the castle.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Sep 19, 2016
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