Welsh and Scottish athletes honoured in home country parades

Sir Chris Hoy signs autographs for fans gathered at a victory parade in Glasgow. Photo:

Thousands of people turned out to honour Scotland's Olympic and Paralympic heroes at a "spectacular" official victory parade today.

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Amazing day in Glasgow! Thanks to everyone who lined the streets and waved&shouted. My face is sore from all the smiling!

Six-time gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, rowers Katherine Grainger and Heather Stanning and cyclist Neil Fachie were among the sportsmen and women who took part in the event in Glasgow.

Crowds watch as floats pass by during the official victory parade for Scotland's Olympic and Paralympic teams in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Scottish athletes won a record-breaking 13 medals at the Games and scored 11 medals at the Paralympics.

Meanwhile Welsh athletes from the Olympic and Paralympic games were given a heroes' welcome on the steps of the Senedd.

Thousands turned out to celebrate the nation's sporting achievements during the London 2012 Games - which produced a total medal haul for Wales of 21.

Welsh medallists wave to the crowds. Credit: ITN

Among those given a rapturous welcome by a sea of Welsh flags outside the Assembly's iconic home were Olympic gold medallists Tom James and Jade Jones as well as Paralympic champions Mark Colbourne, Aled Davies and Josie Pearson.

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That awkward moment when an MP thanks me for coming to the parade and then asks if I brought my medal

The ceremony also celebrated the role played by volunteers, known as Games Makers, and torchbearers during both events.