A number of banners have gone up in Bulwell to congratulate returning Olympic hero Emily Campbell.

The conquering 27-year-old became Britain’s first-ever female Olympic weightlifting medallist when she secured silver in the 87kg+ event at the Tokyo Games.

Emily lifted 161kg – her biggest ever – to propel herself into second place behind China’s Li Wenwen.

She won European gold earlier this year in Moscow, and previously took bronze in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This was off the back of winning the British Championships – setting a new record in the process – in Coventry the year before.

Several banners have gone up at Bulwell Riverside and across the market site highlighting Emily’s Olympic achievement and congratulating her on her amazing success.

Her proud local community has been right behind Emily and supporting her success, with the Nottingham Markets team making a donation to her Olympic fund in 2019. The money, which came from stallholder contributions, helped with travel and accommodation costs.

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We had representation at the Games from a number of competitors from the city and we’re incredibly proud of all of them.

“However, we wanted to acknowledge Emily’s remarkable achievement of becoming the first female weightlifting medallist in British Olympic history. That’s a huge thing for her personally and for her sport.

“We know how much Bulwell means to Emily, and, clearly, how much she means to her community. Putting up the banners around the market and outside the Riverside is only a small gesture but we wanted to mark her success.

“She is an inspiration to young people – both here in Nottingham and further afield – and is the embodiment of just what can be achieved in life with talent, commitment, focus and hard work. We’re so proud of her.”