Olympic parade hailed 'fantastic'
THE Olympic homecoming parade which saw thousands of Plymothians turn out to glimpse their sporting heroes has been heralded a success.
Council leader, Cllr Tudor Evans, thanked everyone who made the special open top bus spectacle possible, as well as the crowds for bringing an abundance of enthusiasm, to streets throughout the city.
Diving star Tom Daley, who took bronze in the 10-metre individual men's platform event, and 15-year-old Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, who won gold in the 100-metre women's breaststroke, joined fellow Olympians Tonia Couch, Sarah Barrow, Anthony James, Jamila Lunkuse, Jade Howard, Corinna Lawrence, Olivia Federici, Judith Hamer and David Wetherill on an open top bus as they took centre stage to bask in the acclaim of their home fans.
"What a brilliant day," said Council Leader, Cllr Tudor Evans.
"Thousands of people came out to cheer on the athletes – not just in the city centre but all along the route – and the atmosphere was fantastic."
"It felt like the whole of Plymouth had come out to say thanks to its Olympians, Paralympians and Games Makers. I'd like to thank everyone who came along, including all the Council staff who worked so hard to organise the event and show their support," said Cllr Evans.
"It was an amazing way to celebrate our athletes' and volunteers' achievements up in London and round off what has been an unforgettable summer of sport."
The city's game makers lined a staircase at the Civic Centre and applauded as the Olympians and coaches made their way up to a special civic reception, hosted by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Michael Wright.