Parade gives public a chance to thank 700 athletes for 'summer of sport'


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The stadium is closed and the last medals have been awarded, but there's still one last chance to savour our sensational summer of sport.

This afternoon a flotilla of 21 buses will carry more than 700 athletes through the centre of London in a final farewell to what has been dubbed "Our Greatest Team".

Olympic greats such as Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah will stand side by side with their Paralympic colleagues in a parade which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The public are being encouraged to get out and line the route which runs from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square and finishes at Buckingham Palace. Sections of Trafalgar Square and the length of The Mall are ticketed and have been reserved for some of the 14,000 volunteers who helped out during both games. However members of the public can line the rest of the route.

From Mansion House the athletes will travel down Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, pass by St Paul's Cathedral and continue along Fleet Street and the Strand before reaching Trafalgar Square.

To avoid any one sport stealing the limelight, the athletes will travel down the route in alphabetical order meaning Britain's archers will be the first off the blocks while our water polo teams will be last.

Olympians who have been confirmed for the 1.30pm parade include Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford, Anthony Joshua, Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Charlotte Dujardin, Katherine Grainger, Ben Ainslie, Peter Wilson and Alistair Brownlee. Paralympics GB stars such as Hannah Cockcroft, Jody Cundy, Sophie Christiansen and Jonnie Peacock are also taking part.