GALLERY & VIDEO: Hundreds turn out to salute Golden Boy Greg Rutherford

People in Woburn Sands lined the streets today to get a glimpse of their Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

The Olympian was the centre of attention atop a vintage double decker bus as he was finally paraded through the town he now calls home. Fans of all ages, adorned in their Union Jacks waved enthusiastically as the long jumper toured the town.

Greg Rutherford on top of the bus

Greg Rutherford on top of the bus

Juno Rae, a former Woburn Sands resident, came back from London especially for the parade.

“When I heard there was a parade for him, I had to come back!” she said. “It’s great for the town to come together and support him.

“I was at the big London parade, but it’s nice to show him a little town like Woburn Sands can put something intimate for him.”

His day started at Frosts Garden Centre where he had a golden coloured rose named after him, before he boarded the bus.

He was paraded down Station Road, Theydon Avenue and his own street, The Leys.

The bus stopped off at Mowbray Green where a special plaque was unveiled to mark his achievement - jumping 8.31 metres on Saturday August 4 in London’s Olympic Stadium to win gold - before coming back down the high street and back to the Summerlin Centre.

There, he signed autographs for hundreds of fans gathered outside.

Click for our picture gallery of the parade.