Village shows off its pride for Olympian Louis

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.

Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:49 pm
Louis Smith and Dorothy Astle.

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.”

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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.”

Team GB squad group as they arrive at Heathrow Terminal 5. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2016. Team GB arrive back in the UK after finishing second in Rio 2016 Olympic medal table, surpassing their London 2012 medal haul. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire EMN-160823-105829001

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.

Helpston banner welcoming home Olympic hero Louis Smith.
Team GB squad group as they arrive at Heathrow Terminal 5. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2016. Team GB arrive back in the UK after finishing second in Rio 2016 Olympic medal table, surpassing their London 2012 medal haul. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire EMN-160823-105829001
Helpston banner welcoming home Olympic hero Louis Smith.