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Lee Pearson thanks fans for their support

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10-times Paralympic Games gold medalist Lee Pearson CBE has thanked fans for supporting the "heroes parade" from the top of his float.

The para-equestrian won both gold and silver at this summer's Rio Games, having already represented ParalympicsGB in Athens, Sydney, Beijing and London.

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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Jack Laugher thanks fans for their support

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Gold-medal winning synchronised diver Jack Laugher has thanked fans for their support during the summer's Olympics and for coming out to support the "heroes parade" in Manchester.

Laugher and his partner Chris Mears won the men's synchronised 3m springboard event at Rio 2016.

'Heroes parade' begins in Manchester

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And they're off!

The "heroes parade" celebrating the successes of ParalympicsGB and Team GB at Rio 2016 is now underway.

Floats carrying the athletes will make their way through Manchester before ending at Albert Square at around 5.30pm.

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Wet weather fails to dampen 'heroes parade' spirits

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The rain in Manchester failed to damped the spirits of the Team GB and ParalympicsGB stars as they prepared for the "heroes parade" to celebrate their achievements in Rio during the summer.

Team GB's gold-medal winning women's hockey team donned rain ponchos to pose for a quick selfie on top of their float.

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Team GB and ParalympicsGB stars get ready for parade

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The stars of Team GB and ParalympicsGB are getting ready for the "heroes parade" in Manchester on Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the parade, which will begin at 4.30pm and will last around an hour as it travels through Manchester city centre before finishing at an event in Albert Square.

Tuesday will see another parade in London.

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Pet terrier gives triple-gold Paralympian the run around

Bethany Firth was eventually showered in licks by her pet dog Russell after he initially dodged her.

Triple gold-winning ParalympianGB swimmer Bethany Firth earned the warmest of homecoming welcomes from her Yorkshire terrier - but only after he had given her the run around at Belfast City Airport.

Pet dog Russell darted out of the clapping crowds and straight past his celebrated owner, who became Britain's most decorated medallist of Rio 2016 with three golds and a silver.

The 20-year-old's disappointment did not last long before he was passed to her from the crowd for a licking frenzy.

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