A WORLD record holding Paralympian has visited Otley to enjoy a drink in her namesake pub - and some Morris dancing.

Sprint specialist British wheelchair racer Hannah Cockroft MBE holds the Paralympic and world records in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre distances for her class.

Hannah, from Halifax, is also a multiple gold medal winner after picking up two for Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and a further three medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The Junction Inn, on Bondgate, adopted the athlete's name last week as part of a town-wide promotion to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

So Hannah popped into the pub on the evening of Wednesday, August 1, to recognise the honour.

Staff member Suzy Gray [CRRCT] at The Junction Inn, said: "Yorkshire Day and Hannah's visit went very well.

"Hannah stayed for a few hours with her boyfriend and family and they seemed to have a great time, even joining in with the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris dancers' performance.

"We also gave her a cheque for £1,000 that the pub had raised to donate to the 53 Foundation*.

"And Wharfedale Brewery kindly brewed us a beer for the occasion, which we named Hurricane Hannah's Yorkshire Blonde, that is on offer at £3 a pint until September."

Hannah said: "What a fabulous way to spend Yorkshire day and a massive thank you to the Junction Inn for raising £1,000 for The 53 Foundation charity."

Her visit, plus fundraising at the pub for The 53 Foundation, had been arranged by Tony Grey [CRRCT] before he retired as landlord earlier this year.

Mr Grey expressed his thanks to Otley Pub Club for coming up with the idea to have all of the town's inns adopt a regional celebrity's name for Yorkshire Day.

The club's Chair, Matt Hardin, said Hannah's visit provided a fitting finale to the whole ‌initiative.

He said: "It was wonderful to have Hannah visit The Junction and support the special Yorkshire Day renaming of all of the town’s pubs.

"She really entered into the spirit of the occasion.

"Many of the celebrities used social media to say how delighted they were at having pubs named after them.

The renaming has had a great response and generated lots of interest generally.

"This keeps alive the tradition of renaming Otley’s famous pubs for the day and we hope it will encourage even more people to come to Otley to visit the town and its pubs."

Other celebrities, including Dickie Bird OBE (The Otley Tavern) and Sir Gary Verity (The Black Horse) had visited their namesakes in town in the days leading up to Yorkshire Day.

*Hannah is the patron of The 53 Foundation, which helps fund new equipment, facilities and transport assistance for disabled sporting clubs, groups, community projects and individuals.