A RECEPTION to honour Sherborne’s Olympic winners was due to take place last night.
Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Peter Wilson and sailor Andrew Simpson were to be presented with a Civic Honour by Sherborne Town Council at the Digby Hall, Hound Street.
Mr Wilson, of Glanvilles Wootton, won the men’s double trap shooting final at the London 2012 Games. Sherborne-born Mr Simpson claimed a silver medal in the Star class sailing event held off the Dorset coast at Weymouth last year, and won a gold medal in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Sherborne Olympic torch bearers and children who won medals at the town’s Mini Games primary school tournament last year were also invited. The Olympians were to receive a commemorative certificate and have their names inscribed on the honours board in the council chamber.
Mayor Peter Rhodes said: “It is wonderful for us to have not one, but two Olympians who have not just competed but also won medals for Great Britain. Until now we have not officially recognised Andrew for his efforts in Beijing so this was our chance to set that to rights.”
The first Sherborne Civic Honour was granted in 1994 to the Devon and Dorset regiment, now known as The Rifles.