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Manchester host's Olympic celebration

Paralympic cyclist Sarah Storey with her gold medals Photo: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

British cycling stars Sarah Storey, Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott will be among the gold medallists at an Olympic celebration in Manchester today.

They will be joined by a host of other Olympic and Paralympic Athletes, as well as volunteers, coaches and torchbearers.

The event will be compered by commentator and former Olympian Paul Dickenson. A big screen will also show some of the best bits from both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Crowds have also been promised music – and some surprises.

The celebration will take place in Albert Square from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Greater Manchester-based athletes won nine Olympic golds, accounting for almost a third of the 29 top medals won by Team GB – a tally which would have put Manchester 8th in the overall medal table. Paralympians based in Greater Manchester won 16 golds.

More than 1,000 Manchester volunteers and staff supported the operation of the Games.

"The achievements of Manchester-based Olympians and Paralympians this year were incredible. It's no exaggeration to say that Team Manchester was at the heart of Team GB's gold rush, and that London 2012 would not have been the triumph it was without Manchester.

"This is our chance as a city to re-live and celebrate those achievements in what promises to be a memorable and atmospheric event.

"It's also an opportunity to pay tribute to those other Mancunians who made the Games such a great success - whether as torch-bearers, coaches or volunteers.

"Let's send out a resounding message about how proud we are of our great city's contribution to a golden summer of sport."

– Cllr Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Manchester City Coucnil