Press release

Heroes of Rio to be celebrated in Manchester and London

A parade will be held in Manchester and an event held in London to celebrate the success of Team GB and ParalympicsGB stars in Rio.

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The Herculean efforts and record medal haul of Team GB will be celebrated in style with a parade through the streets of Manchester and an event in London to allow people up and down the country to celebrate, the Prime Minister Theresa May has announced.

The government is working with the British Olympic Association, British Paralympic Association, Manchester City Council and the Mayor of London’s office on the events which will take place in October, when our Paralympians have returned from Rio.

They will build upon the thousands of I Am Team GB events taking place all over the country next Saturday, August 27, which will allow communities to come together and get involved in sport alongside some of our Olympic heroes.

Prime Minister Theresa May said:

For the past fortnight, the people of the United Kingdom have been filled with pride as we’ve watched our Olympians take victory in so many sports with power, grace and control. In every discipline and at every stage, Team GB have shown the world what we’re made of: determination, dignity and true sportsmanship.

They haven’t just made history; by showing just how far talent and hard work can take you, they have inspired the next generation. They have also shown the importance of supporting elite sport, and that is something this government remains wholly committed to.

The euphoria of London 2012 didn’t end 4 years ago, and it doesn’t end now – we still have the Paralympic Games to look forward to. It will continue on the streets of Britain as we plan a parade in Manchester, alongside the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations. It will be a celebration fit for heroes – and rightly so, because that is exactly what they are.

Published 20 August 2016