October 17.2016

Olympics 16

Great Britain's Olympic and Paralympic stars will parade through Manchester later to celebrate their record-breaking performances at Rio 2016. Professional Sports Group athletes Natasha Baker, Ellie Downie and Becky Downie will be part of the parade.

The procession, described by Prime Minister Theresa May as a "celebration fit for heroes", will begin at the Museum of Science and Industry at 16:30 BST and end in Albert Square.

More than 150,000 people are expected to line the route of the parade.

London will have its own celebration on Tuesday in Trafalgar Square.

Team GB set an Olympic record in Rio 2016 by winning 67 medals - two more than they managed at London 2012.

Manchester was chosen for the first parade to reflect the contribution made by athletes from across the UK, the government said.

The city has become the hub for Team GB and Paralympics GB's all-conquering cyclists and para-cyclists since the opening of Britain's first indoor Olympic cycling track there in 1994.

Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "We couldn't be more thrilled to host the national parade."

She added: "The city has been a medal factory, pumping out golds as the home of British Cycling and British Taekwondo."

Bill Sweeney, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, said: "The British public have a fantastic opportunity to meet their Rio heroes."

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