Flora flies back to motorcade and a shower of honours
Bermuda’s Olympic triathlon hero will be welcomed back to Bermuda with a motorcade next week – and the public has been invited to come out and applaud.
The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport said the island’s first Olympic gold medal winner would be met by a delegation at the airport at 2.15pm on Monday.
A Government spokeswoman said: “The Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport welcome members of the public to show their national pride by lining the motorcade route and waving their Bermuda flags and cheering Flora on as she passes.
“But the ministry urged the public to do so in a responsible and safe way.”
She told the public: “This means not congregating in large groups, maintaining the appropriate physical distance and wearing a mask if within 6ft of persons who are not from your household.”
The welcome motorcade will take Ms Duffy along North Shore on to Middle Road and South Road and Tee Street in Devonshire.
The motorcade will continue to the Paget traffic lights, along Middle Road to Manse Road, and on to Harbour Road.
Ms Duffy will take a trip down memory lane to Warwick Academy by Morgan’s Road.
The parade will stop off at the Cabinet Office on Front Street at about 2.45pm where there will be an outdoor presentation.
Ms Duffy will rejoin the motorcade and travel through Hamilton to City Hall, where she is expected to arrive at 3.30pm for another presentation.
More events to celebrate Ms Duffy’s stellar performance at the Tokyo Games in the summer will be held on October 18 – Flora Duffy Day and a one-off holiday – including a renaming ceremony at the National Sports Centre’s South Field, when it will become the Flora Duffy Stadium.
Ms Duffy will also visit Corkscrew Hill in Devonshire, an integral part of Bermuda triathlon course, which will be renamed Flora Duffy Hill.
The Government has also signalled the Bermuda Post Office will honour Ms Duffy and that she will be the subject of a mural and have an open-air concert held in her honour.
The Government said that many of the events will be live-streamed and also recorded for broadcast on CITV.