Hexham welcome home their sculling hero

‘Matt returns home with medal to a hero’s welcome’

Hexham’s first-ever Olympic medallist Matthew Wells received a hero’s welcome when he returned this week to the place where he first began honing his talent.

Members of Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School Rowing Club decorated the clubhouse and gathered to congratulate their most successful old boy.

The 29-year-old rower, who competed in the double sculls event in Beijing with partner Steve Rowbotham, has no doubt inspired the scores of young people who attend the rowing club.

Matt arrived with his proud parents John and Anne, and girlfriend Georgie, to show off his Olympic bronze medal.

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