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WATCH: Crowds turn out to cheer on Yorkshire's Rio heroes

WATCH: Crowds turn out to cheer on Yorkshire's Rio heroes

Published at 5:39pm 28th September 2016. (Updated at 12:06pm 29th September 2016)

A special homecoming parade has taken place in Leeds to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire's Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio.

Diving champion Jack Laugher, rower Andy Triggs Hodge and triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee were among those touring the city centre on open top buses.

Thousands of fans lined the route to cheer on their heroes.

Ripon's Jack Laugher, who took gold in the synchronised diving alongside Chris Mears and silver in the individual event, was among those given theirPatrick own bus for the parade.

He told Stray FM: "It's amazing, so many people have come out here, literally the streets are entirely lined with people, it's been fantastic.

"So many nice things said, so many people congratulating us and supporting us, it's been brilliant."


Accompanying the buses included a DJ and dancers from the West Indian Carnival, the Band of the King’s Division, West Yorkshire Police Band and the Handmade Samba Band, which helped ensure that the parade had a real Rio flavour.

Hebden's Andy Triggs Hodge (below) picked up his third Olympic gold in the rowing.

He said: "You could just see how much we missed while we were in Rio.

"The energy was still here people were loving the medal and it's just a really proud moment to be able to bring it home."

Rio Parade

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Sir Gary Verity, said: "Wow, what a welcome for our Yorkshire Rio Heroes. Tens of thousands of people lined the route around the city centre to cheer on our athletes and it really has been an event to go down in history. Yorkshire you really know how to party."

Double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee said: "We can't believe how many people are here! It's great being in our home city and we're very proud to be from Leeds and Yorkshire. What a welcome home!"


Athletes in the parade included: 

  • Triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who won gold and silver medals respectively.
  • World, European and Paralympic champion Hannah Cockroft MBE who won three golds in Rio.
  • Diver and gold medallist Jack Laugher.
  • Paralympic cycling pilot and double gold medallist Adam Duggleby.
  • Paralympic swimmer Jonathan Booth.
  • Bronze medal gymnast Nile Wilson.
  • Rowing silver medallist Zoe Lee.
  • Vicky Holland who won bronze in the triathlon.
  • Rowers Andy Triggs Hodge, Tom Ransley and Paul Bennett who all claimed gold.
  • Double Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox.
  • Paralympic gold and silver medal cyclist David Stone MBE.

A few media interviews before the parade starts:


Gymnast Nile Wilson on the edge:


It's important to keep hydrated at big events like this:


As expected, a great turnout:


Jack's bird's-eye view: