Luke Campbell and Carl Froch meet fans at KC Stadium dinner
DRESSED in his evening best, Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell finished off a hectic week in the capital by heading back home to greet fans in Hull.
Along with IBF super-middleweight champion of the world Carl Froch, he met supporters before tucking into a three-course meal at a glitzy event at the KC Stadium.
Amateur boxer Campbell started his week in London, where he joined the Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes for a victory parade through the city's streets, which was watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
He said: "It was a great experience but I am glad we have closure on the Olympic Games now so we can look back on it.
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"It is something that will stay in people's minds forever and it's good to be back in Hull and spend a few days chilling out."
Also crammed into Luke's busy schedule was a visit to Wembley, where he was a guest of honour at England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine.
The boxer was one of fifteen London 2012 Olympic medallists who were introduced to the crowd at half-time to celebrate their achievements, having been invited by the Football Association.
Luke was then chosen to press the button for the midweek National Lottery draw and supporters who were feeling lucky were urged to buy a ticket.
But he was glad to be in his home town last night catching up with friends, as well as keeping his fans happy by posing for photographs.
Nottingham boxing king Froch took his world championship belt and he and Luke took part in a question and answer session with guests.
Luke said: "Carl is a friend of mine. He's a three-time world champion and is very much in demand.
"I wanted to bring him to Hull and show him off a bit. He's a quality boxer and has done a fantastic job."
Froch is anticipating another show-stopping performance back in his home town in November in front of an expected 10,000-strong crowd.
Despite being in training for the fight, he took time out to greet scores of supporters and Luke's friends and family last night.
But the golden boy remained in the spotlight and Hull residents couldn't get enough as they grabbed snaps with him.
Carrie Walsh, 30, of west Hull, took her daughter Elisha Fogston, 14, and friend Courtney Booth, 14.
She said: "Elisha was quite nervous and was shaking before she met him. It was a brilliant moment.
"I knew Luke before he won gold and he's just such an inspiration to young people throughout Britain.
"We've read so much about him and watched all of his fights on TV, we always knew he'd bring home the medal."
Elisha said she will be framing her treasured photograph of the two of them and it was good to have him back in Hull.
Neil Sanders, 33, went to meet Luke with his sons Jay, 7, and Luke, 4, who are heavily involved in sport.
Neil said: "My son Jay has cerebral palsy and he has loved watching both the Olympics and the Paralympic Games.
"Watching Luke fight was great from start to finish and I always had faith in him.
"It's fantastic for our young people to have such a role model and it was nice to finally meet him."
Josh Rae, 18, of west Hull, also had a pair of boxing gloves signed, and Lord Prescott couldn't help but grab a picture with Luke and congratulate him on his win.
Former pop idol contestant Roxanne Cooper performed a number of songs on the night, before live band Faces For Radio took the stage.
The evening also boasted an exclusive Olympic memorabilia auction and guests went on to party at the new Tokyo venue in Anlaby Road, which Luke helped to open last month.
Zak Collins, a professional boxer who also trains at St Paul's Amateur Boxing Club with Luke, said he was looking forward to a hearty meal and a catch up.
He said: "I've seen Luke only two or three times since he won gold, so it's good to spend some more time with him.
"He's been in Dubai and all over but we managed to go to V Festival together in Essex last month and I saw him at the gym when Sky Sports came over.
"The Olympics is still a hot topic even though it's all over. The phone never stops ringing at St Paul's.
"It's absolutely manic most of the time and it's amazing how many people have been queuing outside.
"Luke has stuck at it for so long and, although it has sunk in for me, I don't think it will ever really sink in for him."