Parky goes home

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A BATTLING former Blackpool FC youth coach has made it home in time for Christmas.

Gary Parkinson suffered a stroke in September 2010 and was diagnosed with “locked-in” syndrome.

The ex-Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Everton and Bolton Wanderers star is unable to move, speak or swallow, but is now back with his family in Bolton after his home was extended to care for him.

A lift was built to allow the 44-year-old access to his new bedroom, which has all the facilities he needs, while his kitchen and lounge were widened for better wheelchair access.