PARA-ATHLETES Callum Hall and Jade Jones will be guests of honour at this year’s Yeadon Carnival.

The couple have been invited to take centre stage at the event after returning in triumph from the Commonwealth games in Australia.

Callum, who is originally from Yeadon, came 7th in the marathon while Jade won gold and bronze medals.

The couple, who now live in County Durham, were among 18 para athletes who represented England at the Games.

Callum, 25, was competing for the first time at a major event. Jade, 22, won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Callum said: “Representing England at the Commonwealth games was an awesome experience. I’m over the moon to have finished 7th in the marathon at my first major games and witnessing my wife win gold in the paratriathlon and bronze in the marathon followed by getting selected to be team England flag bearer at the closing ceremony was incredible.

“Now I’m looking forward to the rest of the track season and getting back into racing the major marathons in Berlin and Chicago at the end of the year. It’s great for me and Jade to be asked to be a guests of honour at Yeadon carnival, the local support received over the past 4 years has been overwhelming. We’re excited to be a part of the occasion.”

Callum was a trainee PE teacher when he was left paralysed from the chest down after a freak accident on a Greek holiday in 2012. He developed a spinal abscess after stepping on a sea urchin and was told he was unlikely to walk again.

People in and around Aireborough rallied round to raise funds to help him.

In 2015 he became the first person to be presented with a racing wheelchair from a range launched by paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Yeadon Carnival will take place from 11am to 4.30pm on Saturday, July 7. The event, which will be held at Yeadon Cricket Club, will feature stalls, food and drink, and events and entertainment throughout the day. There will also be a parade through the town, meeting in the Town Hall Square, and proceeding up the High Street at 11am, to Yeadon Cricket Club. This year’s theme is music through the decades.