Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Heroes’ parade compere can’t hide true feelings

COMPERE Martin Unsworth had a hard time choosing his favourite Olympians at Saturday’s heroes’ parade for

COMPERE Martin Unsworth had a hard time choosing his favourite Olympians at Saturday’s heroes’ parade for the Team GB rowers.

Mr Unsworth, who is stepfather of gold medallist Will Satch, introduced the athletes as they came out of the town hall following the open-top bus parade through the town.

He told the crowd that Vicky Thornley, who won silver in the women’s double sculls, was “my favourite — and you’ll see why” before the 6ft 4in blonde rower greeted him with a kiss.

He then appeared to change his mind and said his “real favourite” was Polly Swann, who was in the women’s eight that won silver in Rio.

Swann, a 6ft 1in blonde, also gave Mr Unsworth a peck on the cheek, prompting him to say: “I’ve got two kisses and the MP has had none!” Finally, he presented Satch as his “real, real favourite” before the stroke of the men’s eight gave him a hug.



Mr Unsworth was generally in good form at the parade, joking that Amber Hill, a skeet shooter at the Games, had “shot off” after she failed to emerge from the town hall.

He also poked fun at Phelan Hill, cox of the men’s eight, when he walked out of the town hall with his young son, saying he had brought back a “small child” from Rio.

Meanwhile, many of Team GB’s rowers have become household names thanks to their success in Rio but not everyone is so familiar with them.

One woman in the crowd at the parade was desperately searching for “Tiggs Hog” as the athletes mixed with members of the public.

She meant triple Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge, who picked up his third gold in the men’s eight in Brazil.

Unfortunately for her, the woman wasn’t able to see Triggs Hodge as he was unable to attend the celebration.



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