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Theresa May: Rio stars an 'inspiration to us all'

Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Team GB and ParalympicsGB on "one of the greatest sporting achievements in our history".

Ms May told the stars of Rio 2016 that they were "an inspiration to us all" recounting how both teams finished second in the medals' tables.

The MP for Maidenhead recounted how "time after time the nation came to a halt, as you wrote your names into the history books" and also praised those behind the scenes who helped to make the athletes' successes reality.

Ms May added that it was right a celebration was held in Manchester where "so many of the medals were made", adding "this has been a homecoming for heroes, because that is what you are".

The Prime Minister added that the legacy of the Games would encourage people into sports and see disabilities differently.

Manchester celebrates Rio 2016 successes

Manchester braved the rain on Monday to cheer on Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars.

Team GB and Paralympics GB's athletes were paraded through the streets, ending in the city's Albert Square where they were joined on stage by Rebecca Ferguson who sang Heroes.

The celebration is the first of back-to-back "heroes parades" to toast Great Britain's success in Rio, with the second celebration being held in London on Tuesday.

Both British squads finished second in their respective medal tables at this summer's Games.

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