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Date set for Yorkshire Olympic homecoming parade

Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Published at 7:18am 5th September 2016. (Updated at 2:02pm 5th September 2016)

A date has been set to celebrate the achievements of Yorkshire's Olympic and Paralympic athletes in Rio.

The homecoming parade will take place in Leeds city centre on Wednesday 28 September, from late afternoon.

It's been organised in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire.

Those already confirmed for the event and parade include triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who claimed gold and silver medals respectively in Rio, rower Paul Bennett and triathlete Vicky Holland.

Team GB enjoyed a sensational Olympics in Rio, with Yorkshire contributing 14 medals - five gold, five silver and four bronze - out of an overall medal total of 67.

The Paralympics start later this week.

Leeds City Council says further details regarding the format of the homecoming event and athletes confirmed to attend will be announced shortly.

Double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, said: "To be greeted on your home turf by fans will be a real high after Rio. We can't wait to bring home our medals to Yorkshire and to thank everyone for their overwhelming support."

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: "It will be a privilege and a pleasure to welcome our heroes home.

"This is a terrific opportunity for the county to congratulate Yorkshire’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes after a hugely successful performance in Rio this summer.

"Yorkshire knows how to throw a party and this is certainly one not to be missed!"