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Olympic winner: Moray welcomes Heather Stanning

Heather Stanning in Elgin
Image caption Heather Stanning was greeted by large crowds in Elgin

Lossiemouth's Olympic gold medal winner Heather Stanning has been welcomed back to Moray.

Stanning, and rowing partner Helen Glover, triumphed in the women's pair for what was Team GB's first gold and the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title.

She has already had a postbox painted gold in her honour.

Crowds gathered in Elgin before she received a scroll at Moray Council's HQ. She said it was fantastic.

Capt Stanning, 27, a Royal Artillery officer, was driven through the streets in an open-top army Land Rover.

Moray Council leader Allan Wright said: "The whole of Moray is immensely proud of Heather and her achievements.

"We are also creating an annual sporting award in Heather's name to recognise achievement by a young person in Moray. I know that this was something Heather is particularly keen on."

She is a former pupil of Gordonstoun School in Moray.

Army colleagues, former teachers, and politicians all paid tribute after the rowers won.

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