'This is why I love my city': Luke Campbell gets hero's welcome on return to Hull
LUKE Campbell gave his fans a personal message of thanks before appearing before the crowds gathered to see him at Hull City Hall on Tuesday night.
The Olympic gold medallist, who appeared on the balcony before 13,000 fans, wanted to let his city know how much their support meant.
Still reeling from the life-changing fight on Saturday night, Luke said: "Support has been massive in Hull. This is why I love my city, I love the people in it. You were with me in every fight supporting me, I felt you were with me every punch I threw and I can't thank you enough for that."
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Luke was celebrating alongside fellow Olympic athlete Alex Smith, who reached the final of the hammer competition, beating his father Dave's best Olympic performance along the way.
Wearing their team GB outfits, the duo appeared before fans draped in Union flags before throwing them into the crowd below.
The thousands of fans showed their appreciation with waving flags, gold balloons and the occasional blast on a vuvuzela.
Luke was joined on the balcony by his fiancée Lynsey Kraanen, son Leo, mum Jill, 81-year-old grandma Margaret Thompson and other family and friends. He seemed amazed by the number of fans who had turned out to see them.
Luke said: "I can't believe the turn out to be honest with you. When people first told me at first I thought there might be just three or four people just walking past but this is amazing.
"I am still on cloud nine. I can't really describe how I feel. I am very overwhelmed and taken aback. I have always been proud of my town and the people in it.
A smiling Lynsey said: "I think it is just starting to sink in for him. We are just trying to get through one day at a time but it is hard to take it all in because the time has gone so fast. He went away as nothing and has come back to all this and I think he is a bit shell shocked."
Mum Jill said: "It is absolutely amazing - I can't believe the turn out. The crowd of people who have come is absolutely fantastic.
"I think he is a bit overwhelmed. He has just returned from a really hectic two weeks and I think he was prepared for something but he was not expecting anything of this size at all.
"It is very emotional."
Great video here of Luke Campbell's big moment on the balcony, filmed from the crowd by Lee Greenwood: