THE region’s newest sports star has given her backing to a special day being held in her honour.

A Pride of Flint day is being staged on Church Street in the town on Sunday, recognising the achievement of Jade Jones in becoming the first British athlete to win a gold medal in the Youth Olympics in Singapore.

Since the former Flint High School pupil claimed the coveted medal in taekwando last month, members of the Flint community have been determined to celebrate her achievements and other Flint success stories.

Jade, 17, said: “It is really nice what is being done on Sunday. I didn’t expect so much reaction to me winning the gold medal.

“Flint is a small town and the people who live here seem delighted someone from here has won a gold.”

Jade will open the party at noon with the Flint Male Voice Choir, releasing golden balloons and white doves.

Partygoers can enjoy fun activities such as a rodeo horse ride and junior bucking bull, large bouncy castle, trampoline, inflatable penalty shoot-out, charitable stalls and much more.

Another Flint sportsman playing his part in the street party is former Chester City footballer Andy Holden, who earned an international cap with Wales. Now a coach with Everton, he has donated a signed football from the Premier League club for use as a prize in the tombola draw.

The fun will last from noon to about 7pm and will include a Pride of Flint Princess/Prince contest, fancy dress competitions and residents demonstrating their talents .”

Organiser Wendy Houghton said: “We want to celebrate what Jade has done.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police confirmed a road closure would be in place along Church Street during the fun day.