Ipswich Town's open top bus parade as Premier League promotion celebrations continue

Russell Hookey looks back on a momentous day for Ipswich Town fans

Thousands of fans gathered in Ipswich for a bus parade and heroes' welcome - after their club secured a return to the Premier League for the first time in 22 years.

The Blues were promoted after Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town - with fans invading the pitch at Portman Road afterwards.

Donovan Blake sent this report from Christchurch Park.

On the third day of celebrations on Bank Holiday Monday, an open-top bus parade made its way from the stadium, through the town, and onto Christchurch Park.

Manager Kieran McKenna and the players then addressed supporters from the bus before heading off to continue the celebrations at their end of season dinner.

The Ipswich Town bus parade arrives at Christchurch Park in the town as the club celebrates promotion to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Premier League promotion is likely to bring with it a huge financial boost to the whole town, with one business leader quoting the prize as £600 million.

Terry Baxter, who represents local businesses in Ipswich Central Business Improvement District, said the financial and emotional benefits will be "massive".

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