Haverhill GB Paralympian Caroline Maclean can now ‘graze sheep’ in town

Caroline Maclean and Pat Hanlon

Caroline Maclean and Pat Hanlon

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Team GB Paralympain Caroline Maclean can now graze sheep and goats in the town centre after being awarded the freedom for the town.

Haverhill Town Council agreed to bestow the honour on Caroline, who has played for Team GB’s wheelchair basketball team at four Paralympics before retiring after London 2012, at Tuesday’s (January 29) meeting at the arts centre.

Caroline Maclean and Pat Hanlon

Caroline Maclean and Pat Hanlon

Caroline also carried the Olympic Torch through Haverhill when the relay passed through on July 7.

Town clerk Will Austin said: “I won’t trouble you detailing all of her marvellous achievements, such as last year’s participation in the Paralympics and her wonderful work locally and on the Torch relay.”

“It’s worth noting she has had a very long career in wheelchair basketball and throughout that time she has served to put Haverhill on the map.”

Cllr Maureen Byrne proposed giving her the freedom of the town, saying: “I would like to say very well done to Caroline as you give us a lot of pride in Haverhill for what you have achieved.”

After a unanimous vote in favour of giving her the honour, Mr Austin explained: “This allows you to graze your sheep and goats in the church yard.”

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 7) Echo.

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