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Inverurie to celebrate local athletes Commonwealth success

Hannah Miley praised rival Aimee Willmott after winning gold at Glasgow 2014
Hannah Miley praised rival Aimee Willmott after winning gold at Glasgow 2014

Commonwealth Games hero Hannah Miley will be welcomed back to her hometown with a day of celebrations this weekend.

The swimmer’s latest accomplishments in the pool will be celebrated through a homecoming parade in Inverurie.

Wrestler Viorel Etko, of Oldmeldrum, will also be honoured during Saturday’s event.

Hannah, 24, secured a gold medal in the 400m individual medley and a bronze in the 200m individual medley during the Glasgow 2014 swimming events.

Viorel, who is originally from Moldova, won bronze in the 61kg freestyle wrestling category.

The celebrations will begin at the Garioch Sports Centre, on Burghmuir Drive, at 1.30pm and will finish in the town centre.

Inverurie councillor Bryan Stuart said: “It will be a great opportunity for the town to welcome them back and I think folk are very proud of their achievements, and certainly – in Hannah’s case – I know she has worked long and hard.

“The games were a major success, they ran very smoothly, I was never there but it sounded like one big party.”

He added that Inverurie Swimming Pool, where Hannah trains, had part of play in her success.

Mr Stuart said: “It’s a great credit that Hannah managed to achieve what she has using a pool with quite limited facilities, and it’s also a credit to the Garioch Swimming Club.

Judy Whyte, owner of Mitchell’s Dairy and a member of business organisation Inverurie4u, said: “We are organising a welcome home parade for Hannah and the other locals involved in the Commonwealth Games.

“We hope people will come out and give our Commonwealth Games hero a cheer.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s deputy provost Norman Smith will attend the event on Saturday.

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesperson said: “We would like to congratulate all the athletes who took part in the Glasgow

2014 Commonwealth Games, we thoroughly enjoyed watching them giving their all and it’s fantastic to see the community coming together to celebrate their achievements.”

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