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Culture Secretary praises Manchester's Heroes Parade

Manchester's Olympic and Paralympic parade has been hailed a huge success.

Tens of thousands of people watched as 350 athletes took part in the procession through the city centre followed by a civic reception at the Town Hall.

Later today London will stage a second celebration at Trafalgar Square.

The Culture Secretary Karen Bradley says the capital will find it hard to beat Manchester's celebration.

Sporting heroes 'thank' Manchester for fantastic parade

Mat Whitlock celebrating in Manchester Credit: British Gymnastics

Athletes from across the country say they have been overwhelmed by the support they've received at the Olympic and Paralympic Heroes Parade in Manchester.

Mat Whitlock, who won two gold medals in Rio wowed the crowds when he showed off his skills during the Team GB parade.

Callum Skinner 'loving' the Manchester crowds Credit: British Cycling

Cycling's gold and silver winning cyclist Callum Skinner shared his joy at the crowds on social media.

The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said Manchester was one of the "great sporting cities" with the 2002 Commonwealth Games held in the city providing the "foundation stone" for its Rio successes.

He said that 64 Manchester-based Olympians and Paralympians won a total of 62 individual and team medals, and said if the city was a country it would have placed fourth in the world in the medal table.

Lord Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association, told the Town Hall audience he wanted to add his "mountainous gratitude" to the "rousing reception you have just received by the great people of Manchester".


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Olympic Parade in Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

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Manchester out in force for 'heroes parade'

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Fans turned out in force to cheer the stars of Rio 2016 during the "heroes parade".

Many carried messages of support celebrating Team GB and ParalympicsGB's successes.

Fans hold messages of support. Credit: PA

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Even the rain could not deter the crowds, with many donning ponchos to keep them dry.

Spectators donned ponchos as they braved the rain. Credit: PA
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