Designer bowls for Olympic duo

Proud: Samantha Murray
Proud: Samantha Murray
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Two Olympic athletes were honoured by their local council with personalised pieces of artwork.

Samantha Murray and Jon Schofield were each presented with a pewter bowl by Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Michael Ranson.

Samantha, 23, of West Bradford, won the silver medal in the modern pentathlon, while Jon, 27, took bronze in the canoe sprint, alongside his kayaking partner, Liam Heath.

The council commissioned top Manchester pewter artist Ella McIntosh, who grew up in Clitheroe, to produce personalised pieces of artwork for the triumphant pair.

Ella, 26, who is one of the UK’s leading pewter designers, designed and produced bowls for the medalists featuring figurines engaged in their respective sports after studying extensive footage of them in action.

Samantha’s features a swimmer, show-jumper, runner, pistol-shooter and fencer, while Jonathan’s captures the final dramatic moments of his race to the finishing line in his two-man kayak.