Close on 20,000 fans gave Suffolk’s Olympians a standing ovation when they paraded around the pitch before kick-off against Blackburn, now the county’s Paralympians take centre stage tonight.
Ipswich born powerlifter Zoe Newson, who won bronze at London 2012, Jonathan Adams [shot putt] and javelin’s Scott Moorhouse will be introduced to the crowd and take part in a lap of honour around the pitch as Town salute their achievements in the most successful Paralympics of all time.
They will be joined by the county’s torchbearers who proudly carried the spirit of the Paralympics to London ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.
The athletes and torch bearers will receive a special civic reception at Suffolk County Council's Endeavour House headquarters before making their way to Portman Road, with the lap around the pitch scheduled to start at 7.30pm.
“The supporters gave a fantastic ovation to our Olympic athletes when they were here for the Blackburn game and I’m sure our Paralympians and the torch bearers will get a similar reception,” Town chief executive Simon Clegg told the Club website.
“To see venues packed out for the Paralympics in London showed how much the people of this country enjoyed the sporting spectacle.”