Bourne to honour skiing star Jade

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Paralympic skier Jade Etherington is set to receive a special honour from her home town to add to her collection of medals.

Councillors are holding a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss whether they should grant her the status of Honorary Freeman of Bourne.

It is believed this will be the first time the honour has been bestowed to anyone in the town.

Bourne Town Council is holding a day of celebration on Monday to mark Jade’s Paralympic success.

Town clerk Nelly Jacobs said councillors were keen to involve schools and community organisations in the event.

She added: “We have permission to use the Corn Exchange for a reception free of charge. We also have a car to drive Jade through the town.

“We want to give her some kind of keepsake that she can take away.”

The council has also approached Sainsbury’s, which sponsors the Paralympics GB team, about the possibility of supporting the event.

Mrs Jacobs said: “We are trying to give Jade the sort of reception she deserves and give the public the opportunity to see her and maybe say hello.”

Jade and guide Caroline Powell won three silver medals and one bronze in Sochi this month.

Praise for Jade’s achievements has been flooding in. Her former headmaster at The Deepings School Chris Beckett said her love of the outdoors was evident when she was a pupil. He added: “I remember Jade as being a lovely girl, very determined to succeed and overcome her disability. She is modest and a role model to us all and she thoroughly deserves every accolade possible.”

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council Martin Hill added: “We are very proud of Jade here in Lincolnshire. She is an inspiration to us all.”