A record medal haul for British athletes at the Rio Olympics is to be recognised with a parade through the streets of Manchester, with a separate party planned in London.
It comes after some had questioned whether the successes of Team GB would be celebrated – former Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent had suggested plans had been “binned”.
Although the final details of the events are yet to be confirmed, Downing Street has today revealed two events will be held in October following the Paralympic Games.
Announcing the plans, Prime Minister Theresa May said Britons were “filled with pride” watching athletes perform in Rio.
“They haven’t just made history; by showing just how far talent and hard work can take you, they have inspired the next generation. They have also shown the importance of supporting elite sport, and that is something this government remains wholly committed to,” she added.
“The euphoria of London 2012 didn’t end four years ago, and it doesn’t end now – we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to. It will continue on the streets of Britain as we plan a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations. It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are.”
But that's not all. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, added: “In addition to the parade announced by the government in Manchester, I am delighted to confirm that there will be an event in London to allow people to celebrate the phenomenal achievements of our Olympians and Paralympians.
“My team will continue to work with the government and sports chiefs to help develop plans for wonderful celebrations.”
British athletes have won more than 50 medals throughout the Games in Rio, making the 2016 Olympics the most successful overseas games ever for Team GB.