Victory parade through Colne planned for gold medal cyclist Steven Burke

Steven Burke with gold medal (S)
Steven Burke with gold medal (S)

The cyclist is to be given a hero’s welcome after racing to victory in the Men’s Team Pursuit at the Olympic Velodrome.

Former Park High School pupil Steven (24), dubbed the “Colne Cyclone” - will be taken on a lap of honour around the town centre in an open top car.

Steven Burke (S)

Steven Burke (S)

The procession will start at Colne Railway Station at 2pm, head up Albert Road past the town hall, around the one-way system and back to the town hall.

He’ll be joined by proud family members and followed by a cavalcade of cyclists from Pendle’s local clubs.

The local legend will take to the stage outside Colne Town Hall to be greeted by Pendle’s Mayor and interviewed by Mr Brian Cookson, the Council’s Executive director for regeneration, national president of British Cycling.

The Mayor, Coun. Asjad Mahmood, said: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Steven back to his home town of Colne. He is a brilliant role model for young people and has made Pendle people very proud.

“I know Steven has been training hard for many years, so I’m thrilled he’s achieved his dream. But I’ve no doubt this is just the start and that he’ll be a household name for years to come.

“Being an Olympic medal winner will no doubt raise awareness of cycling and it is great to see our local lad grab a once in a lifetime opportunity with a home Games, a gold medal and a world record.”

Coun. Joe Cooney, Leader of Pendle Council, added: “I can’t wait to welcome him home to celebrate in Colne. There’s a huge buzz in the town at the moment and I’m proud to be part of it.

“He’s a true inspiration and I’m sure he’ll motivate many to achieve the highest levels in their chosen fields. He really will inspire a generation.”

Mr Cookson said: “It only seems a couple of years ago that Steven was first showing his talent in youth races at Manchester Velodrome. Now here he is with an Olympic Gold Medal as part of the astonishing world record-breaking British team.

“He is a real credit to his family and an inspiration to many. Colne will be brimming with pride on August 25th!”

And Mr Phil Storey, chief executive of Pendle Leisure Trust, who is organising the event, said: “There’ll be a huge buzz about Colne next Saturday as it’s the first full day of the Great British R&B Festival, too.

“What better way to start off the Best British Blues Festival in the UK than with one of the best cyclists in the world! We’re expecting a large turn-out, so please get there early to get a good spot.”

Event timing:

2pm – Procession sets off from Colne Railway Station.

2-45pm – Official welcome and interview on stage outside Colne Town Hall.