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Thousands cheer sporting heroes during Olympic finale

Well-wishers packed the streets of London today to cheer Britain's sporting heroes as they paraded through the capital.

Olympics and Paralympics stars including Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, Hannah Cockcroft and Jonnie Peacock proudly wore their medals as they waved to fans from open-top floats which wound their way through streets full of fans.

Olympic hero Mo Farrah salutes the crowd

Despite the Paralympics coming to a close with a rousing ceremony last night, the celebrations continued today with a carnival-like atmosphere in the city.

Around 800 athletes travelled on 21 floats, grouped in alphabetical order by their sport.

The stars of the Olympics' Super Saturday - Mo Farah, who won gold in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, heptathlon gold medallist Ennis and long jump champion Greg Rutherford - were in the first three floats, which departed from Mansion House in the City just after 1.30pm following a fanfare of trumpets.

The crowds at Trafalgar Square Credit: Twitter/@JHoneybone

The crowds, dozens deep in places, were a sea of red, white and blue as fans waved Union flags at the passing floats.

Many also held up home-made banners, with some donning patriotic fancy dress for the occasion.

But athletes humbly insisted the procession was also there to recognise spectators for their support during the Games.

The crowds hold up their custom made signs

Ahead of the parade setting off, Hoy said: "This isn't really for us this is for them because they've made the Games.

"They've made the atmosphere, they've supported the athletes, not just in the venues, but through the streets, and the pubs, the public venues, it's been incredible.

"So it's our chance to give them a wave and a thank you for all the support they've given us."

Ennis also said the parade was a chance for the athletes to thank the public.

She said: "We've had so much support through the past few weeks, every session was filled with cheering British fans, so now to come out and see another huge crowd and thank everyone is going to be really special for all of us."

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