Peterborough’s silver medallists Louis Smith and Nick Dempsey were among Great Britain’s triumphant Olympians who touched down at Heathrow on Tuesday following the most successful Games in more than a century.
And it did not take long for gymnast Louis to realise the amount of support there was for him following his exploits in Rio, with a banner in the village where he lives proclaiming: “Congratulations Louis. Helpston is proud of you!”
There was also time for a picture with Dorothy Astle who was visiting Helpston when she bumped into its famous resident.
She said: “I’ve always admired Louis Smith and his incredible efforts putting UK gymnastics on the map. It was great to meet such a charming man and personally congratulate him on that success.”
Windsurfer Nick, who attended Orton Longueville School, also appeared to be relaxed back on British soil.
He posted a photo on Twitter showing scores of identical red bags on the ground at Heathrow with the message: “Mine’s the red one!!”.
Louis, who grew up in Eye, could also not resist a Twitter picture.
Having touched down on the gold-nosed British Airways Boeing 747, which had “victoRIOus” emblazoned on the side, he tweeted a photo of himself with the message: “Homeeeeeee #greattobeBAck @British_Airways thank you for such an amazing flight back safe and sound.”
Louis won silver on the pommel horse - his fourth Olympics medal - while Nick is now the most decorated men’s Olympic windsurfer with his silver in the Olympic RS:X.