Top sportsman Chris shares his Paralympic success

(From right to left) Pete Smith, Associate Director at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Morpeth, Chris Holmes MBE and dog Lotty, Graham Firth of CCE, and Dave Hunt, CCE
(From right to left) Pete Smith, Associate Director at Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Morpeth, Chris Holmes MBE and dog Lotty, Graham Firth of CCE, and Dave Hunt, CCE

A TOP Paralympian recently visited a Morpeth business to speak about his life in sport.

As one of the country’s most successful blind sportsmen, former swimmer Chris Holmes represented Great Britain at four Paralympic Games and has a total of 15 medals to his name, including nine golds.

He gave a talk at Schweppes Abbey Well, owned by Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), which is located in Coopies Lane.

Along with an audience of CCE employees, he addressed a range of people from local businesses, sport groups, associations and Morpeth Town Council – all inspired by his distinguished career.

During the visit, Holmes unveiled a brand new conferencing facility at the site, which employs around 50 people.

Pete Smith, CCE’s Associate Director of Supply Chain Operations at Morpeth, said: “We were delighted to welcome Chris to the site.

“As well as being an incredible sportsman in his day, he is one of the nation’s most inspirational people, having led an extraordinary life during his sporting life and in his subsequent career.

“We are certain that his words will have been a real inspiration to everyone who attended the event.”