Homecoming honour for Bearsden golden girl Katherine Grainger

Hazewinkel, BELGIUM,  Katherine GRAINGER. at the   British Rowing Senior Trails, Bloso Rowing Centre. Monday  12/04/2010.  [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]
Hazewinkel, BELGIUM, Katherine GRAINGER. at the British Rowing Senior Trails, Bloso Rowing Centre. Monday 12/04/2010. [Mandatory Credit. Peter Spurrier/Intersport Images]

BEARSDEN Olympic star Katherine Grainger will be among the heroes honoured at homecoming celebrations.

The former Bearsden Academy and Mosshead Primary pupil won gold in the double scull rowing event at the London games.

Details of the homecoming celebrations, which will take place on Friday, September 14, were released this week.

The party will honour Scottish Olympians and Paralympians

Beginning at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the parade will take the athletes from the West End through the city centre to the celebrations at George Square.

After that, the athletes, guests and dignitaries will enjoy a reception hosted by First Minister Alex Salmond in the Old Fruitmarket.

As well as Katherine, attendees will include swimmer Michael Jamieson, a member of East Dunbartonshire’s Scotia Amateur Swimming Club, who trained at the Leisuredrome in Bishopbriggs and who came within a whisker of gold in the 200m breastroke event.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This city loves sport and I know Glasgow will give our Olympic and Paralympic heroes a welcome they will never forget.

“Scottish athletes like Sir Chris Hoy, Katherine Grainger and our own Michael Jamieson have written themselves into the history books as part of Team GB – and the excitement that we have all shared this summer is only going to grow here in Glasgow as we get closer to 2014.

“People are going to want to come from across the country to be part of that; to line the streets to show our team how proud we are of every one of them.”