Walsall ready to welcome back golden girl

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By CarlyBaldwin | Friday, October 05, 2012, 10:24

The flags will be out in force in Walsall and Aldridge on Monday as the borough welcomes golden girl Ellie Simmonds back home.

The swimmer again played a headline role in the Paralympic Games in London, winning two golds to add to the two she picked up in Beijing four years ago.

On Monday, she will be the star of the show as her open top bus makes its way through her home town.

Her journey will begin at Aldridge High Street postbox painted gold in her honour at around 12.10pm, before she makes her way to the village's nearby Cooper and Jordan C of E School to officially open its re-named swimming pool.

She will then get on the bus at her former primary school, leaving at around 12.30pm.

The bus will travel down Anchor Road and on to Walsall Road and Aldridge Road, coming into Walsall via Lichfield Street at the Arboretum.

The 17-year-old is due to arrive at Walsall Town Hall between 12.45pm and 1pm where she will spend a short time outside waving to the crowds, giving people the chance to take photos.

She will then go into the town hall for a question and answer session with invited schools and borough youngsters.

Walsall Council's traffic chiefs have advised that Anchor Road in Aldridge will be closed to traffic from approximately 12.15-12.45pm on Monday.

The High Street in Aldridge will be closed to traffic at approximately 11.45am until 12.30pm and the parking bay in High Street adjacent to Bakers Lane will be suspended throughout the morning until 12.30pm. Parking will also be suspended in that area from around 10am.

In Walsall, Lichfield Street will be closed from Walsall Arboretum to Bridge Street from 12.15pm to 1.30pm.

Parking in both Lichfield Street and Tower Street will also be suspended throughout the morning with restrictions expected to be lifted at 1.30pm.

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