Paralympic heroes honoured in home town

Paralympians Barney and Sarah Storey thanking the large crowd that turned out to see them unveil the new sculpture in Disley
Paralympians Barney and Sarah Storey thanking the large crowd that turned out to see them unveil the new sculpture in Disley

Paralympic heroes Dame Sarah and Barney Storey were honoured in their hometown of Disley at the weekend.

A sculpture honouring the medal-winning pair was unveiled and dedicated in the village on Saturday, during a family cycling festival.

Paralympians Barney and Sarah Storey unveiling the new sculpture in Disley

Paralympians Barney and Sarah Storey unveiling the new sculpture in Disley

Commissioned by Disley Parish Council, the sculpture was produced by Disley artists Lynn and Simon Mahoney and is located on the Ram Green.

Cllr David Kidd, chair of the parish council, said: “Given the massive achievements of Dame Sarah and Barney in the paralympics, we felt they needed long term recognition in the village. We commissioned a sculpture to recognise that, using a local sculpture artist and local stone to leave a lasting memory in the village.”

He added: “It all went very well despite the weather. We had been worried about the turnout but it was excellent, almost better than we thought.”

Other events during the festival included a bike decorating competition and a cycle ride from the Ram’s Head to Lyme Park, with three routes to choose from. Certificates signed by the Storeys and medals were available for all participants. The festival also included bike security marking, and a Turbo Trainer Racing Challenge. Plans are already being made for the event next year.

The large crowd that turned out to see the Storeys unveil the new sculpture in Disley

The large crowd that turned out to see the Storeys unveil the new sculpture in Disley