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Homecoming parade for Carrington

Homecoming parade for Carrington

A parade in honour of Olympic double medallist Lisa Carrington will be taking place in Whakatāne next Monday.

The parade will begin at the Whakatāne Visitor Information Centre at 12pm and progress down The Strand and Richardson Street to Margaret Mahy Court by the Civic Centre.

Lisa defended her gold medal in the K1 200m, won bronze in the K1 500m and was also the flag bearer during the closing ceremony at this year’s Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Members of the Whakatāne Kayak Club and Surf Life Saving Club will take part in Monday’s parade which will be welcomed with a powhiri and Mayor Tony Bonne at Margaret Mahy Court.

The parade will also feature a performance from Whakatāne High School’s Kapa Haka Group.

“Lisa will also speak but the public are advised that due to time restrictions she will be unable to sign autographs or pose for individual photographs,” says a Whakatāne District Council spokesperson.

People wanting to celebrate and welcome home Lisa are being asked to head down to The Strand from 11.45am on Monday, September 19.

The parade starts at 12pm and will wrap up at Margaret Mahy Court by 12.20pm. Members of the public are also invited to attend the Civic Centre ceremony which is expected to finish by 1pm.

Story originally published by Sunlive here