Double Olympic medal-winning gymnast launches Letchworth housing development

A DOUBLE Olympic medal-winning gymnast brought the house down at the official launch of a property development at a former school site.

Max Whitlock, who won two bronze medals for Team GB at London 2012, was on hand to declare Westbury Grove in Letchworth GC open.

The development, which comprises of 38 converted and new-build houses and apartments, was unveiled on Thursday following the conversion of the Westbury Primary School building.

The school shut in 2008 due to a lack of numbers despite more than 1,000 people signing a petition against the closure.

Mr Whitlock was invited to the launch by developers Weston Homes following the company’s support of the gymnast from Hemel Hempstead during the summer Olympics.

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Bob Weston, chairman and chief executive of Weston Homes, said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to have Max here to launch Westbury Grove. We were proud to support and cheer him on during the Games and we were delighted to see him take bronze, not once but twice.

“Our team of experts and designers have spent significant time in ensuring that the building’s heritage and architecture is reflected in the interior design of the apartments. It has been a pleasure to help bring this wonderful building back to life for it once again to be enjoyed by the local community.”

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